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Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., one of several Senate Democrats who are running for president in 2020, has been cautious to back a proposal to end the legislative filibuster. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Most Democratic 2020 Hopefuls Not Ready To Bust The Filibuster To Push Party Agenda

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Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer, Harry Reid and Richard Durbin (from left) speak after Senate Democrats voted to take the bite out of the filibuster. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada (from left), Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Illinois defend the Senate Democrats' vote Thursday to weaken filibusters and make it harder for Republicans to block confirmation of the president's nominees for judges and other top posts. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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