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Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Who supports the filibuster reform, as well as the Democratic Sens. Maggie Hassan from New Hampshire, Mark Warner from Virginia and Mark Kelly from Arizona also belong to the cohort.
The Republicans in the group include Young Sens. Rob Portman from Ohio, Mitt Romney from Utah, Thom Tillis from North Carolina, Mike Rounds from South Dakota, Susan Collins from Maine, Lisa Murkowski from Alaska and Shelley Moore Capito from West Virginia, Bill Cassidy from Louisiana and Jerry Moran from Kansas.
It’s a motley crew, but it’s essentially the only non-partisan game in town two months after Biden’s presidency. Two members of the House of Representatives who ran the Problem Solver Caucus, Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) And Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) Also attended the meeting on Wednesday.
“The group wants to find out how the Senate can work better in a non-partisan way,” said Portman. “We haven’t done anything this year, except nominations, the [take] 50 and the Covid bill that [took] 50. ”
Shaheen added that the Senators are eager for the Chamber to return to their pre-partisan polarization days when laws and changes could have their say: “Everyone I know in the Senate, Republicans and Democrats, wants to go to this place to return . ”
But it won’t be easy to get the Senate back into legislative life in a political environment reaching new, bitter lows. Some members of the group privately doubt that big breakthroughs are about to happen. They are working against the snowball energy to retrofit the Filibuster as activists cite an ever-growing list of bills that are now being defeated in the Senate – including legislation to pass police reforms and expand voting rights, which many Democrats see as an existential problem their party.
There are already signs that previously non-partisan political ideas could soon hit the wall. Members of both parties say deals on issues like immigration can be cut, especially given the current surge in migrants at the border, but no glimmer of thematic bipartisan alliances have surfaced in the Senate.
And although both parties have long claimed the infrastructure as a potential area of cooperation, some Democrats are already signaling that they want to use reconciliation to build muscle through a package on a party-political basis.
Members of the G-20 insist that they don’t focus specifically on maintaining the filibuster. However, there is a precedent for a bipartisan group that is instrumental in how the Senate works. In 2005, the so-called “Gang of 14” brokered a compromise in which the Democrats agreed not to run candidates for the filibuster justice and the Republicans agreed not to use the “nuclear option” at the age of 60 – Reaching the vote threshold.
Sixteen years later, the filibuster for nominees is long gone, and only two Senators from this deceased group are still in office: Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) And Collins.
“It was very valuable for us to get together,” said Collins after the meeting on Wednesday. “And everyone is very committed to working together on a wide variety of topics. I could tell you that we’ve solved all of the world’s problems and straightened out Congress. But that would be an exaggeration.”