In Lecture 4 (see slides 42-45), we discussed the role of the filibuster in the US Senate. Between 2013 and 2017, the Senate voted to reduce the number of votes needed to break a filibuster against the nomination of federal judges, Supreme Court justices and executive branch nominees from 60 to 50. This has effectively eliminated the filibuster for nominees. Over the past two years, President Trump has pressed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to “to go nuclear” and do away with the ability to filibuster legislation, as well. To date, McConnell has resisted this, though the idea has support from other corners of the Republican Party, including from outgoing House speaker Paul Ryan.
What do you think of this proposal? What is the strongest case you can make for–or against–abolishing the legislative veto? Please draw from at least one external source in framing your response.