CNN pushes filibuster reform after Harry Reid’s death

A few hours after Senate Leader Harry Reid’s death, CNN began using the news to advocate for filibuster reform.

Reid’s death was announced late Tuesday night in a statement from his wife Landra. He had previously served five terms from 1983 to 2017 and served as a majority leader from 2007 to 2015. Prior to his death, he was Nevada’s longest-serving member of Congress.

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Former United States Senator Harry Reid March 28, 2019. (AP Photo / John Locher)

Former United States Senator Harry Reid March 28, 2019. (AP Photo / John Locher)
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Most notably, Reid relied on the “nuclear option” in 2013 to eliminate the filibuster on nominated executives and judges, except for the Supreme Court. This allowed Senate members to vote on the presidential candidates by a simple majority over the previous minimum of 60 votes.

The topic of filibuster came up on CNN’s “Newsroom” when Jim Acosta discussed Reid’s death with former New York Congresswoman Elizabeth Holtzman.

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“Congresswoman, let me ask you something Harry Reid told me just before his passing in interviews this year. He said it’s time to get rid of the filibuster,” Acosta said. “He issued a warning to expand the Supreme Court so that he was an institutionalist in many ways. But as one, you know, practiced the art of the filibuster and so on as a senator at the end of his life., He warned the country that this stands in the way of important progress. “

“Well, he was right,” Holtzman replied.

CNNs Jim Acosta.  (NGAN / AFP via Getty Images)

CNNs Jim Acosta. (NGAN / AFP via Getty Images)
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While complimenting Reid as a “great strategist” and “ingenious tactician,” Holtzman also pleaded with Congress to eliminate the filibuster as it “stands in the way” of progress.

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“His warning about the Supreme Court, yes, we’ll see what happens to it, but the filibuster right now stands in the way when he said about something that’s really important, namely every American’s right to vote and get his or her vote. and nothing can be more basic than that, “Holtzman said. “And if some rule in the Senate stands in the way of getting it, and makes sure all Americans have the right to vote, and that vote counts, then we need to change that rule.”

Reid was 82 at the time of his death. He leaves behind his wife, Landra Gould, and five children.

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