California Sen. Kamala Harris said if elected president, she would back abolishing the filibuster if Republicans stand in the way of legislation to combat climate change.
It’s the first time she has said as a 2020 candidate that she backs the end of the filibuster.
Harris said she would first seek to work with the GOP.
However, she said: “If they fail to act, as president of the United States, I am prepared to get rid of the filibuster to pass a Green New Deal,” she said.
Democrats need to win the presidency and gain three seats in the Senate to take control of the chamber in the 2020 elections. But the party would need 60 votes -- virtually an impossibility given the map of Senate seats up for election next year -- to win a filibuster-proof majority. That means even if a Democrat is elected president and the party wins full control of Congress, Republicans would still have the ability to block legislation in the Senate unless the filibuster is done away with.