To find out how 2020 Democratic candidates would use their presidential powers to address climate change, we sent six key questions to every campaign. This post includes eight candidates’ answers to the second question. You can find answers to the other five questions on the landing page.
If Democrats win a narrow majority in the Senate, will you advocate for reforming or scrapping the filibuster?
Joe Biden: [I do] not support ending the filibuster.
Elizabeth Warren: As I’ve said before, if Republicans continue to [use] the same playbook they had under President Obama and try to block progress, we should get rid of the filibuster.
Kamala Harris: Yes, because something has to change. For too long, Republicans have used the filibuster as a tool to allow a minority to block progress on critical issues facing our country. We can’t let that continue to happen, especially when it comes to addressing national and international emergencies like climate change.
Pete Buttigieg: Yes. With the filibuster in place, any meaningful action to combat climate change will be even further out of reach.
Beto O’Rourke: [I believe] we need to consider reforms to the filibuster to ensure that issues important to the American people can be addressed and publicly debated.
Tom Steyer: I will certainly advocate for scrapping the filibuster. This legislative roadblock is preventing us from fixing an inadequate healthcare system, boosting lagging wages, controlling student debt, and ending gun violence. The filibuster only serves to maintain the status-quo and uphold a broken political system.
Amy Klobuchar: [I] would be willing to advocate for getting rid of the legislative filibuster if legislation is blocked. None of this will matter if Democrats don’t retake the majority Senate and [I am] focused on that.
Michael Bennet: No. We need to build a broad coalition for change by involving unlikely voices, like those of farmers and ranchers, to develop and implement lasting climate solutions. We need to act urgently on climate change, but we also need to act in a way that endures. We can’t pass climate solutions in one Congress to have them ripped out by the next. This requires broad solutions that have support from people across America.