Krysten Sinema Wants to Fix Harry Reid’s Nuclear Disaster, Restore 60 Vote Rule for Nominees

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While it’s no secret that Arizona Democratic Sen. Krysten Sinema is uncompromising in her support of the filibuster, her latest comments in a speech at the McConnell Center about her preference for Senate tradition are ruffling feathers once again.
The Democrat and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell were both in attendance at his center at the University of Louisville when she advocated bringing back the 60-vote threshold for nomination votes.

“Not only am I committed to the 60 vote threshold, I have an incredibly unpopular view, I actually think we should restore the 60-vote threshold for the areas in which it has been eliminated already,” Sinema said.

The Hill reported that this implies the restoration of 60 votes for executive and judicial nominees, which was scrapped under Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2013. Calling out previous party leadership close to midterms is a bold move, and Sinema acknowledging the flaws in her own party’s past actions takes courage.

Sinema was censured by the Arizona Democratic Party in January for her support of the filibuster, as it benefits the minority party to block some legislation. These latest comments will likely not win her any new Democrat friends, but she is not up for reelection until 2024.

Sinema is aware of the criticism she receives, as she quipped “not everyone likes me” in her speech as well.

“As you all know, control changes between the House and the Senate every couple of years. It’s likely to change again in just a few weeks,” the Democrat said.

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