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The Future Of The Senate Filibuster And What’s At Stake

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Despite the narrowest of margins in both houses of Congress, Democrats want to enact a sweeping, radical agenda that would remake the country. That’s why they want to abolish the filibuster. Instead of having to attract 60 votes to pass a measure in the Senate, Democrats would only need 51.

Properly employed, the filibuster insures a consensus must be achieved before major changes are enacted.

The scope of what the far-left wants to ram through is breathtaking, including trillions more in spending, huge tax increases, granting voting rights to people who entered the country illegally, automatic voter registration of people on various data bases—without determining who is here legally, quick statehood for the District of Colombia and Puerto Rico, nationwide childcare, free community college, universal pre-kindergarten, hundreds of billions of dollars for energy alternatives, abolishing laws in 27 states that allow workers not to be forced into joining a union for certain jobs, and much more.

Such changes deserve deliberation, not a rush to passage.

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Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media.

Steve’s newest project is the podcast “What’s Ahead,” where he engages the world’s top newsmakers,

Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media.

Steve’s newest project is the podcast “What’s Ahead,” where he engages the world’s top newsmakers, politicians and pioneers in business and economics in honest conversations meant to challenge traditional conventions as well as featuring Steve’s signature views on the intersection of society, economic and policy.

Steve helped create the recently released and highly acclaimed public television documentary, In Money We Trust?, which was produced under the auspices of Maryland Public television. The film was inspired by the book he co-authored, Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy – and What We Can Do About It.

Steve’s latest book is Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming The Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (McGraw-Hill Professional).

Steve writes editorials for each issue of Forbes under the heading of “Fact and Comment.” A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the highly prestigious Crystal Owl Award four times. The prize was formerly given by U.S. Steel Corporation to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate.

In both 1996 and 2000, Steve campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the Presidency. Key to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits and a strong national defense. Steve continues to energetically promote this agenda.

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