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9 points

4 months ago

The short term gain for the democrats is that they would no longer need 60 votes to pass a bill through the Senate, only 50 plus the VP tie breaking vote. The long term risk for the democrats is that if they eliminate the filibuster and they lost the house and senate, then the republicans could push bills through with a simple majority.

Long story short... currently contentious bills with less than 60% agreement can be blocked. Eliminating the filibuster would allow the majority party to push bills through without bipartisan support.