Flip Flops On Nixing Filibuster, Calls It ‘Non-Issue’


WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 6: Ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) arrives for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing concerning firearm accessory regulation and enforcing federal and state reporting to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) on Capitol Hill, December 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 6: Ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) arrives for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is facing scrutiny for contradicting herself on the future of the legislative filibuster.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Feinstein said she didn’t see Democrats getting rid of the rule which requires 60 votes to advance bills in the Senate. The California Democrat added that no one has proposed nixing it, calling the matter a ‘non-issue’.

However, in March, the 87-year-old senator issued a statement that said she was open to changing the filibuster to require 51 votes to move legislation. Yet, that same month she told reporters she supported keeping the filibuster as is. Feinstein’s contradictory comments are leaving reporters and lawmakers alike confused.

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