Schumer won't rule out killing filibuster

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) at a press conference on Thursday didn’t rule out getting rid of the filibuster if Democrats take back the Senate majority.

“Our focus should be on winning the majority and we’ll have a nice caucus of more than 50 Democrats and we’ll decide what to do,” Schumer said Thursday in response to a question about the filibuster.

Legislation must win 60 votes to break a filibuster. The Senate has changed its rules in the past decade, however, to remove that obstacle on some nominations.

Schumer said as recently as October that Democrats would consider restoring the 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees — something Republicans eliminated in President Trump’s first year in office to confirm Justice Neil Gorsuch.