GOP Senator: Filibuster Deal ‘Preserves The Filibuster’

January 24, 2013 10:20 a.m.

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) told TPM on Thursday afternoon that he will vote for the filibuster deal negotiated by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

“The rules change doesn’t really do a lot,” Isakson told TPM. “It certainly preserves the 60-vote threshold, preserves the blue slip procedure. It preserves the filibuster. And that’s important heritage for the Senate.”

He added: “I think the nuclear option would have been disastrous for the Senate. If we can avoid the nuclear option that’s what we ought to do.”

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