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Democrats Inch Toward Possible Historic Move on Filibuster

  • Feinstein, seen as a hold-out, now move open to changes
  • Activists see filibuster as impediment to voting rights bill
Dianne Feinstein
Dianne FeinsteinPhotographer: Greg Nash/The Hill/Bloomberg
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The fatal shootings in Atlanta last week have led one of the Senate’s long-standing Democrat supporters of the filibuster rule to say she’s now open to discussing potential changes to that process.

Senator Dianne Feinstein framed her potential shift as a back-up plan if bipartisan agreement can’t be reached on legislation passed by the House to improve background checks for gun purchases and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.