Warren to voice support for eliminating filibuster

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE (D-Mass.) on Friday is expected to announce her support for getting rid of the filibuster under certain conditions.

"The filibuster was used as a tool to block progress on racial justice. And in recent years, it’s been used by the far right as a tool to block progress on everything," Warren will say at the National Action Network conference, according to an excerpt of her remarks obtained by The Hill.


"When Democrats next have power, we should be bold and clear: We’re done with two sets of rules — one for the Republicans and one for the Democrats," she will say. "When Democrats have the White House again, if [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment White House, Congress inch toward debt, budget deal Republicans scramble to contain Trump fallout MORE tries to do what he did to President Obama, and puts small-minded partisanship ahead of solving the massive problems facing this country, then we should get rid of the filibuster."

The National Action Network is a civil rights organization founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Some progressives have argued that maintaining the filibuster would eliminate any chance Democrats have of making sweeping reforms if they take back the Senate with fewer than 60 seats, as it would be difficult to reach the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster. 

Warren previously told Politico that getting rid of the mechanism should be "on the table." Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries The hidden connection between immigration and health care: Our long-term care crisis Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE (I-Vt.), who like Warren is running for president, has expressed opposition to getting rid of the filibuster, saying he is "not crazy" about the idea.