Republicans say they won’t eliminate the filibuster in 2017. Should we believe them?
A little history to remind you: When Democrats took control of the Senate in 2006, the number of filibusters increased dramatically, as the minority Republicans realized that there was nothing preventing them from filibustering essentially every bill of any consequence, which is what they proceeded to do throughout the Obama presidency. In November 2013, during a controversy over a group of filibustered nominees, Senate Democrats eliminated the filibuster for most presidential nominees, including Cabinet secretaries and judicial appointees (but not those nominated to the Supreme Court), meaning those nominees could be approved on a simple majority vote. Though this was called the “nuclear option” by everyone, it really wasn’t — the true nuclear option would have been to eliminate the nuclear option entirely, for legislation as well.