Feb 25, 2019

Potential 2020 candidate Jay Inslee calls for end to Senate filibuster

Washington Gov.Jay Inslee (D). Photo: Suzi Pratt/WireImage via Getty Images

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D), who said Monday he’s close to making a decision on whether he will launch a 2020 presidential bid, told the HuffPost that the Senate filibuster, which requires 60 votes to pass most bills instead of a majority rule, should be eliminated.

"I do believe that the time for the filibuster has come and gone. It was an artifact of a bygone era that is not in the U.S. Constitution and somehow it got grafted on in this culture of the Senate."

Why it matters: As the 2020 race begins to heat up, progressive proposals like the Green New Deal and Medicare for All are all likely to be dead on arrival in the Senate — even if Democrats manage to take back the majority in 2020.

The big picture: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has among the most progressive policy proposals in the current Democratic field, told CBS News last week: "I’m not crazy about getting rid of the filibuster. ... The real issue is that you have in Washington a system which is dominated by wealthy campaign contributors."

  • Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif) told reporters over the weekend that she's "conflicted."
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) told Politico last month it should be "on the table" if Democrats retake the Senate and White House.
  • Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). have expressed concerns about going nuclear.

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Why it matters: Similar issues to the ones that plagued Iowa's caucus seem to be rearing their ugly heads, the WashPost reports.

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As China pushes to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus — placing around 780 million people under travel restrictions, per CNN — the economic repercussions continue to be felt globally as companies like Apple warn of the impact from the lack of manufacturing and consumer demand in China.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,775 people and infected more than 70,000 others, mostly in mainland China. There are some signs that new cases are growing at a slower rate now, although the World Health Organization said Monday it's "too early to tell" if this will continue.

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Apple issued a rare earnings warning on Monday, saying it would not meet quarterly revenue expectations due to the impact of the coronavirus, which will limit iPhone production and limit product demand in China.

Why it matters: Lots of companies rely on China for production, but unlike most U.S. tech companies, Apple also gets a significant chunk of its revenue from sales in China.