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Dem Senator’s Promise: Democrats Will Restore Filibuster for Supreme Court

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) made a bold promise on Monday: Senate Democrats will one day restore the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. Will that promise hold up?

Sen. Ed Markey

Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) promised on Monday that Senate Democrats will restore the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees when they have the majority and the White House again.

“When the Democrats return to the majority and capture the presidency – which we will, that day is going to arrive – we will restore the 60-vote margin,” Markey said on MSNBC. “We will ensure that for the Supreme Court there is that special margin that any candidate has to reach.”

MSNBC host Katy Tur said “hmm,” as Markey promised to restore the filibuster, sounding surprised.

Of course, Markey refused to acknowledge past statements from his own leaders in the Senate Democratic caucus that would seem to challenge his promise.

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) employed the so-called “nuclear option” first, for lower-court judges in 2013, and said he was “fine” with a “simple majority” for Supreme Court nominees. Current Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said, also in 2013, that Democrats “prefer the risk of up-or-down votes … [to] the risk of continued total obstruction.”

Can Markey fulfill his promise, with the likes of Schumer leading Senate Democrats? Past statements would suggest the answer is no.