Oregon’s Jeff Merkley is on the Senate floor after 16 hours holding an unofficial filibuster of Judge Neil Gorsuch.
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) April 5, 2017
But Senator Merkley was singing a different tune back in 2012 and 2013, demanding an end to the filibuster and wanting a simple majority with an up or down vote.
Jeff Merkley, 2013.
“It’s time to end the political games that have hijacked the U.S. Senate. We demand rules that allow the Senate to do its job. Reform the filibuster and allow a fair up or down vote on the important issues.”
Unfortunately for Merkley, no one has bothered to take down his old webpage, (Paid for by jeff Merkley For Oregon).
And Merkely had this to say about the filibuster back in 2013:
“The filibuster, once used only on issues of personal principle, is now used regularly as an instrument of partisan politics,” Merkley said. “It hurts our ability to take on the big challenges we face as Americans. And we need to fix it.”
A google search of Jeff Merkley Filibuster returns tons of hits from 2012 and 2013 when he was up in arms about this when Democrats had the majority.
This morning he is on his 16th hour of a filibuster against SCOTUS pick Neil Gorsuch.
Hat Tip Michael