Sen. Chris Coons released a statement May 2 after President Donald Trump continued attacking the Senate filibuster.
In April, Sens. Coons and Susan Collins, R-Maine, led a bipartisan group of 61 Senators in writing to Senate leadership, urging them to preserve the 60 vote threshold for legislation.
“Let’s be clear: President Trump is trying to kill the legislative filibuster. That cannot happen,” Coons said. “The legislative filibuster is a critical part of our democracy, and it alone allows minority parties to have a say in legislation that passes through Congress and becomes law. This isn’t a partisan issue, either. Republicans and Democrats both recognize that control of the Senate will inevitably change every few years, and members of both parties value the minority party’s right to have a say in legislation. President Trump may not respect the rights of minority parties in Congress, but more than 60 bipartisan Senators, including me, do.”
In an interview with Fox News on April 28, Trump said, regarding the legislative filibuster, “They’re archaic rules. And maybe at some point we’re going to have to take those rules on, because, for the good of the nation, things are going to have to be different.”
Then, in an interview with CBS Face the Nation on April 30, “I think the rules in Congress and in particular the rules in the Senate are unbelievably archaic and slow moving.”
The morning of May 2, Trump tweeted, “We either elect more Republican Senators in 2018 or change the rules now to 51 percent.”