“A senior staffer to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) signaled Tuesday that the senator would support circumventing the long-standing filibuster rule to enact a voting rights bill with only 50 votes in the Senate. Feinstein ‘believes that the leadership of the Senate will come up with a path that allows this bill to go forward with 50 Democratic votes,’ her state director Jim Lazarus told a San Francisco group from the liberal activist group Indivisible, according to a video of his comments. She ‘will make this the No. 1 bill that has to get through over the next month or two.'”
“The idea of eliminating the filibuster or making it harder to do has gained momentum among Senate Democrats concerned Republicans would use the tool to block all of President Biden’s agenda. While 60 votes are required to overcome a filibuster, only 50 votes are needed to pass a bill. But because the filibuster has been used in recent years on nearly all bills that come up for a vote, the 60-vote threshold has become the de facto requirement for legislation” – LA Times.