Arkansas Senators: Don't bust filibuster
Both of Arkansas' Republican Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton made statements this week in defense of the chamber's filibuster rule.
- The rule allows the minority to block legislation through continued debate.
Driving the news: President Biden attended the Senate Democratic caucus lunch Thursday to make a case for reforming the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation.
- That package now advances to the Senate, where it faces an uphill battle amid a lack of Republican support. Democrats are considering changing the chamber's filibuster rules to pass the bill.
What they're saying: In an opinion piece for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Boozman wrote that the filibuster is "a tool that helps prevent radical, swift legislative changes that would sow confusion and uncertainty is invaluable.”
- He continues, “As such, I intend to continue protecting it."
- In Cotton's own words: "Think about it—the narrowest majority in Senate history wants to break the Senate rules to control how voters in every state elect senators. Could there be a better argument to preserve the Senate’s rules, customs, and traditions?"
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