Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin, the anointed candidate for the Democrat Senate nomination, asserts the biggest obstacle standing in the way of the left’s anti-gun, pro-abortion agenda becoming reality is the 60-vote threshold to end a filibuster in the upper chamber.

The 47-year-old representing Lansing and the Detroit suburbs explained her position in a post to X on Tuesday that included a video of the congresswoman making her pitch to constituents.

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“Imagine a world where the Senate could actually vote on gun violence prevention, voting rights, and protecting abortion and IVF,” the post read. “All of those critical issues could get an up-or-down vote if we reformed the filibuster.”

Slotkin is in a “toss up” election for Michigan’s open U.S. Senate seat currently occupied by retiring Sen. Debbie Stabenow. A survey commissioned by The Detroit News of 600 likely Michigan voters in January split between the Democratic frontrunner and three Republican contenders – former Detroit police Chief James Craig, and former U.S. Reps. Mike Rogers and Peter Meijer – in head-to-head match-ups.

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Craig has since left the race, and an EPIC-MRA poll in February found Slotkin and Rogers, who has consolidated Republican support, at 39%-38%, with 23% undecided, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The former CIA analyst and Department of Defense official is currently serving her third term in the lower chamber.

“Right now, half of what I think most Democrats care about cannot get a vote in the U.S. Senate, an up or down vote in the U.S. Senate,” Slotkin said in the video. “The filibuster, it prevents us from actually voting on the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which is a version of what we voted on in the 60s. It’s not radical, and it just can’t get an up or down vote.

“So I am, like, loud and proud on reforming the filibuster so we can vote on gun laws, voter access, women’s rights, all of those things could be voted on tomorrow if we only needed 51 instead of 60 to get an up or down vote,” she said. “I’m not saying they would all pass, but at least be on record and like stand up for what you believe in.”

Senate rules allow senators to speak for as long as they wish on any topic unless “three-fifths of the Senators duly chosen and sworn” invoke cloture to end debate. The rules have been in place since 1806, and in use since 1837.

Republicans in 2017 changed the rules to allow a majority vote to end a filibuster of Supreme Court nominees, but the 60-vote supermajority is still required to end filibusters on legislation.

Democrats attempted to change the filibuster in 2022, but the vote failed 52-48 when Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema bucked their party to side with the Republican opposition.

Sinema argued the change “would deepen our divisions and risk repeated radical reversals in federal policy, cementing uncertainty and further eroding confidence in our government.”

Manchin made a similar argument.

“Allowing one party to exert complete control in the Senate with only a simple majority will only pour fuel on the fire of political whiplash and dysfunction that is tearing this nation apart,” he said at the time. “You don’t have to look very far to see how we’re tearing ourselves apart. Every part of this country, people are divided now.”

“It’s time that we do the hard work to forge difficult compromises that can stand the test of time,” he said.