Dianne Feinstein Regrets Filibuster Reform as Senate Confirms More Trump Cabinet Picks
The Senate confirmed Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State with 56 votes; Jeff Sessions as Attorney General with 52 votes; and Betsy DeVos, who barely reached a majority of 51 votes without Vice President Mike Pence's deciding vote to confirm her as Secretary of Education.
Because of the change, Senate Democrats are now unable to do little else to oppose Trump’s nominees than to draw out their confirmation processes for as long as possible.
Following Trump’s victory in November, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who opposed ending the filibuster in 2013, told CNN that he wished the rules change hadn’t happened. But Schumer isn’t the only Democrat who has expressed regret on the issue.
Prior to Sessions' confirmation vote on Wednesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told Independent Journal Review that Democrats “have done everything we can under the rules” to oppose the nominee. When IJR asked whether nuking the filibuster was a good idea in hindsight, Feinstein replied:
“As we look back, it may well have been better to not have changed the rules.”