Speaking to the Ruthless podcast in an episode released earlier this morning, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) claimed reforming the filibuster would lead to a “nuclear winter” in the Senate, hampering bipartisan coordination.
Former President Donald Trump said ending the filibuster would be “catastrophic” for the GOP, voicing his support as Democrats continue to face calls to scrap it entirely.
“Look, he’s hanging by a thread right now with respect to the filibuster,” Trump said of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) during an interview on the podcast “The Truth with Lisa Boothe.” “And if they get the filler, he’s hanging on [Democratic Senator] Joe Manchin, who always goes with the Democrats. Joe talks, but he ends up going with the Democrats. Now there’s another great senator from the state of Arizona. He’s hanging by a thread and if they get rid of the filibuster, if they knock it out, it will be catastrophic for the Republican Party.”
The filibuster is another way Republicans turn reality and democracy and their heads to install a tyranny of the minority.
Republicans have grown very leery about the fact that the Democrats have control of the House, Senate and White House. Mitch McConnell threw a bit of a fit the other day making demands and threats about what the Republicans would do when they’re back in power.
The Democrats were able to pass their major stimulus bill without any help from Republicans. To push many of their future plans through, though, they may have to abolish the filibuster. On Thursday, Martin Heinrich called for the filibuster to either be reformed or abolished all together.
The New Mexico senator said in a statement:
“The filibuster should be abolished or, at the very least, reformed to force senators to physically hold the floor to extend debate. Too often the filibuster has been used to block our country’s continued march toward equality. We must change this. Georgia legislators are attempting to take Sunday voting away. They want to prevent Black voters from participating in our elections. Let’s call this what it is: A racist attempt to steal future elections. We have the legislation to stop this. The For the People Act would restore voting rights to Americans targeted by efforts like those in Georgia. We can’t let the filibuster continue to shield structural racism in our country. I cannot support the continued abuse of the filibuster in the United States Senate.”
The filibuster is a historical accident. Many experts believe that it is ruining Congress and hurting democracy. It allows a small political minority to run roughshod over the majority and stop things that the American people need and want. But Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says that if Democrats get rid of it, Republicans will grind everything to a halt and leave a “scored earth Senate.” Is there any way out of this mess? Norman Ornstein is one of the leading scholars in America on Congress. He has three ideas for fixing the filibuster without creating a total meltdown in American government.
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has threatened to employ “scorched earth” tactics if Democrats successfully get rid of the filibuster, according to Reuters.
McConnell has sought to protect the filibuster, insisting that eliminating it would amount to a power grab on the part of the Democrats. Democrats, meanwhile, are facing calls from their constituents to eliminate it so they can implement their agenda without necessarily requiring Republican support.
In making his threat, McConnell, the former Senate Majority Leader, could find ways to complicate President Joe Biden‘s ability to deliver on his legislative agenda. Once Biden took office, wanted assurances that there would be no use of the so-called “nuclear option,” which would allow Senate rules to be changed with a simple majority vote.
“It’s unclear if an alternative to protecting the filibuster in writing, like a handshake agreement between Schumer
If Democrats want to save democracy and work toward unity, they must remove the obstacle of the filibuster.
While speaking to reporters, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell couldn't hide his fear that Democrats will take back the Senate.
Mitch McConnell has warned Democrats not to change any of the Senate’s rules if they win in November. He’s particularly concerned about maintaining the filibuster.
The Senate Majority Leader made the remarks on the Senate floor on Thursday as it has become more and more likely Republicans will be swept from office this year.
McConnell claimed that progressive Democrats wanted major reforms of the system, including changing the Supreme Court and making Washington, D.C. a state.
“And to accomplish all this, destroying the Senate’s distinguishing feature that makes radical change hard by design,” McConnell said.
“We have an entire political movement that is telling us literally out loud that they’ve lost patience with playing by the rules and may well declare war on the rule book.”
The Kentucky Republican went on to claim that Democrats must not “vandalize the rules to pass legislation with a simple majority.”
McConnell is clearly referring to the filibuster – a procedure that has been much abused over the past decade. If a Democratic majority were to reform the filibuster, they could prevent a Republican minority from blocking legislation.
The Republican-controlled Senate has become a graveyard for legislation, thanks in large part to McConnell, who has used the body’s sometimes arcane rules to partisan advantage.
However, recent polling suggests the GOP won’t be able to hold on to the Senate in November as
President Donald Trump’s unpopularity trickles down to the rest of his party.
After Democrats have been dominating the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hypocritically exploring ways to gut the filibuster.
Harry Reid must be pretty confident about 2014, because on Tuesday, which is primary day for Mitch McConnell, he threatened to change the Senate rules again to kill GOP filibusters.
Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans have hatched a plan for revenge on Harry Reid that is toxic that it could cost the Kentucky senator his seat in November.
After allowing Republican dictators-by-committee to hold sway over a crucial portion of government for nearly five years, Majority Leader Harry Reid did what he should have done three years ago.
In the polite language of the Senate, Bernie Sanders called Senate Republicans gutless for 'filibustering' via the 60 vote rule instead of voting and owning their unpopular positions.
Mitch McConnell abandoned his tough talk on Meet The Press, and went into full suck up mode. He called Harry Reid a good man, and a good majority leader while begging for no nuclear option.
Rick Perry takes it very personally what choices Wendy Davis and her mother have made and demands that all women make the same choices.
After suffering their obstruction in the 111th and 112th Congress, one would think Reid would get a clue, and a spine, and do his job as Majority Leader and end Republican abuse of the filibuster.
The problem with the Senate's new filibuster rules isn't that they won't be effective, but that the bipartisan agreement suggests that senators don't even understand the problem.
If Senator Reid needs more input on filibuster reform, let's make our voices heard right now.
Republicans are on pace, and appear pleased, to hold the distinction as the most unproductive Congress since the 1940s, and it looks as if that was their intention all along.