BOSTON -- As Sen. Elizabeth Warren plans to join fellow Democrats in filibustering Judge Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court, it's worth remembering that just a few years ago, she wanted to eliminate the filibuster entirely. While Warren offers up tough rhetoric in defense of the filibuster now, she advocated for its removal when that move would have benefitted Democrats.
"Sen. Warren's hypocrisy when it comes to the filibuster just goes to show she's simply another DC insider politician willing to say or do anything. By flip-flopping on this issue in order to help her political allies, Warren reveals that her carefully-crafted image as a populist outsider is a sham." -MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes
THEN: Warren Pushed To Kill The Filibuster, Criticized Supporters For Denying Election Results
In an op-ed in the Huffington Post in 2012, Warren decried the practice of preventing up-or-down votes in the Senate. "When I’m sworn in just a couple of months from now, I want to fight for jobs for people who want to work. I want millionaires and billionaires and Big Oil companies to pay their fair share. And I want to hold Wall Street accountable. But here’s the honest truth: we’ll never do any of that if we can’t get up-or-down votes in the Senate.” (Elizabeth Warren, "The First Week in January," Huffington Post, 11/15/12)
In a Senate floor speech, Warren advocated the "nuclear option," changing Senate rules to eliminate the filibuster. “If Republicans continue to filibuster these highly qualified nominees for no reason other than to nullify the President’s Constitutional authority, then Senators not only have the right to change the filibuster rules, Senators have a duty to change the filibuster rules,” (VIDEO: Elizabeth Warren floor speech, 2013)
Warren said filibustering Senators were denying the results of the election. We need to call out these filibusters for what they are: Naked attempts to nullify the results of the last presidential election. To force us to govern as though President Obama hadn't won the 2012 election. (VIDEO: Elizabeth Warren floor speech, 2013)
NOW: Warren Joins Filibuster, Blasts Nuclear Option
Warren plans to join the filibuster of Judge Gorsuch and called the potential elimination of the filibuster a "bullying" tactic. "They’re threatening. They’re bullying and the only thing we can do is stand up.” (Tyler Pager, "Warren, Markey join Democratic dare to McConnell over ‘nuclear option,'" Boston Globe, 2/2/17)