Two Senate Democrats on Thursday formally launched their quixotic effort to kill the filibuster.
Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) re-introduced a bill Harkin first unveiled in 1995 that would set a gradually lowering threshold to shut off debate on legislation, starting at 60 votes and lowering to 51 over a period of time.
Such a change to Senate rules would require 67 votes — an impossible threshold to reach, given the chamber’s make-up and divisiveness. While Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has backed the measure, Harkin and Shaheen said they have no Republican co-sponsors. They are unlikely to get any.
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