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The Republicans would end the filibuster in a heartbeat if they were in power and saw an advantage in ending it.

Except they didn't do that. They were in power from 2017-2018, and could have ended the filibuster - and didn't do it. Even though it caused them all kinds of problems in their efforts to repeal the ACA, and even though Trump was pressing them to do the same.

I don't believe that McConnell ever had the votes to end the filibuster, if even he ever wanted to do it. It's unlikely that he (or his successor) will have them the next time the GOP takes over the Senate. Whoever the centermost Republicans are (last time it was Collins, McCain, and Murkowski) will not want to kill the filibuster, just like the most conservative Democrats today.

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