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Tim Kaine Doesn’t Think Democrats Will Reinstate the Filibuster

Senate Democrats seem divided over whether to restore the filibuster.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) told reporters that he didn’t think the rule that allowed senators to filibuster Supreme Court nominees would be reinstated if Democrats took back control of the Senate. Kaine’s comments came after an economic development discussion in Lynchburg, VA, on Monday.

A reporter asked Kaine if he would support changing the rules back if the Democrats retook control of the Senate.

“Frankly, I think the rule, once changed, is done,” Kaine said.

“In some ways, it’s better to just be living under a clear rule than be living under, ‘well but we can change it if you don’t do what we like,’ and so now the rule’s the same. The rule’s set, and everybody knows it”

Kaine’s comments directly contradicted those made by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), who promised Senate Democrats would restore the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees if they have control of the Senate and White House again.

It would appear that the Senate Democrats are divided on whether they want the filibuster.