Interview with Sen. Rand Paul: 60-vote rule in the Senate
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Current Senate rules make it very easy to hold up important laws and nominations for political, sometimes petty reasons. The requirement of 60 votes to end a filibuster and pass most items effectively makes a majority useless for either party in the Senate.
President Trump believes that Senate Republicans should change the rules to only require a simple majority.
Here is what Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) had to say on this vital topic.
Sen. Paul: I’m a little bit worried about going away from the filibuster. It sounds good right now because we are in charge. I think the middle position is this: on the Supreme Court, I did vote for simple majority. I’m glad I did.
Sen. Paul: So I would say that in some things we could go to a majority vote and we have but on legislation I’m a little bit weary of going to a simple majority.
Boris: The filibuster rules are not in the Constitution, right? Those are Senate rules that could be changed by the Senate as they have, as have the judges and now Supreme Court justices.
Sen. Paul: They are and there are some in-between positions, too. You can make people talk. So for example, the Democrats have opposed every one of President Trump nominees. He has had fewer nominees approved then anybody in the history of our country. The Democrats are just mad because they lost the election and they are acting out. You could say to them, if you want to filibuster these you have to come to the floor and speak. And I’ve had to do that
Boris: That’s the way it used to be, right? The phonebook.
Sen. Paul: Yeah. I’ve done that before.
Sen. Paul: If they want to filibuster those things, what we should do is alright, come to the floor and speak for 30 hours. They will get tired of it pretty soon. And right now they are filibustering things they actually vote for.
Here is the bottom line: Either by changing the rules to require actual, physical filibusters, or by requiring a simple majority instead of 60 votes to end a filibuster, the Senate has to make it easier for a majority party to get things done.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.