Is abolishing the filibuster necessary in order for Congress to pass meaningful climate legislation?

A handful of Democratic presidential candidates have called for throwing out the Senate rule, claiming that it exacerbates gridlock in Washington, D.C.

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid also believes that abolishing the filibuster is critical to passing legislation and tackling the most important issues facing the United States, including climate change. But could killing the filibuster end up making U.S. politics even more volatile?

We discuss these issues with Senator Reid himself on this week’s episode of Political Climate. Plus, we get his views on the Green New Deal and whether he sees hyper-partisanship subsiding in the U.S. anytime soon.

Recommended reading:

  • NYT: The Filibuster Is Suffocating the Will of the American People
  • Vox: The Democratic Debate Over Filibuster Reform, Explained
  • Vice: Harry Reid: 'Of Course' Medicare for All and Decriminalizing Border Crossings Are Bad Ideas
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