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Elizabeth Warren Wanted to Nuke the Filibuster Entirely in 2012

Warren advocated changing Senate rules to require a simple “majority vote” to end debate when Democrats had the majority.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

In a 2012 opinion piece for The Huffington Post, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) advocated deploying the nuclear option on all procedures in the Senate.

Warren wrote:

“When I’m sworn in just a couple of months from now, I want to fight for jobs for people who want to work. I want millionaires and billionaires and Big Oil companies to pay their fair share. And I want to hold Wall Street accountable.

But here’s the honest truth: we’ll never do any of that if we can’t get up-or-down votes in the Senate.”

Warren complained that Senate Republicans had used the filibuster “to block judicial nominations, jobs bills, political transparency, [and end] Big Oil subsidies.”

To remedy this situation, Warren proposed that when the new Congress began its session in January 2013, “the senators will have a unique opportunity to change the filibuster rule with a majority vote, rather than the normal two-thirds vote.”

In 2013, Warren advocated on the Senate floor for nuking the filibuster.

“If Republicans continue to filibuster these highly qualified nominees for no reason other than to nullify the President’s Constitutional authority, then Senators not only have the right to change the filibuster rules, Senators have a duty to change the filibuster rules,” Warren said.

The progressive firebrand also accused Republicans of trying to deny the results of the 2012 election.

Now that Republicans have the majority, Warren has changed her tune. Warren told The Boston Globe that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) potentially changing the filibuster rules amounts to “threatening” and “bullying” behavior. How then would Warren characterize her own behavior in 2013?