Schumer Wants Far-Reaching Filibuster Reform — If Possible

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told reporters Friday that he supports as far a filibuster reform proposal as can pass. He said Democrats should act with 51 votes if bipartisan negotiations do not produce a two-thirds majority to change the rules.

“Well, the bottom line is we have to do something,” he said during a press briefing at the Capitol, when asked which filibuster reform plan he supports — Merkley-Udall or McCain-Levin. “The Senate’s broken.”

“If we cannot come to a bipartisan agreement we have to get 51 votes for some kind of change in a proposal, and that’s easier said than done,” said Schumer, a Democratic leadership member. “So I think there’s a consensus on the Democratic side that we have to do something. And I would like to go as far as we can with something that passes.”