McConnell - Dump filibuster - expect a 'scorched earth' response

If the Senate's filibuster is lifted Mc Connell threatens a

The path for these measures is narrow if 60 votes are required. As senators begin to consider the bills passed by the House, Democrats will bring the Republican ability to engage in the democratic process to the test by amending the bills in the hopes of passing them.

"The filibuster is still being misused by some senators to block legislation urgently needed and supported by strong majorities of the American people", Durbin said.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell condemned the Democrats' sudden commitment to "steamrolling any obstacle to short-term power" noting it would be detrimental to the integrity of the Senate and the preservation of the minority party's opinion.

First of all, the 60-vote threshold for cloture has to go. One solution is to deploy the "present and voting" approach.

Many Democrats, anxious that the filibuster could hold up major agenda items such as voting rights and immigration reform, have pressured Democrats to use their majority to eliminate the filibuster or alter the rules.

Other legislation, however, will need 10 Republicans to join the 50-Democrat majority in order to survive the filibuster, unless the so-called "nuclear option" is pursued.

"If I became skeptical of the filibuster, it's because of your use of it", said the Illinois Democrat, speaking directly to McConnell.

"Everybody's talking, there's so many different ideas out there. You're for bringing back the talking filibuster?"

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Some Democrats have called for a carve-out to filibuster rules specifically for voting rights bills.

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"Yes, but here's the choice: I don't think that you have to eliminate the filibuster, you have to do it what it used to be when I first got to the Senate back in the old days", Biden said. I would say you would do well to develop a Manchin-Sinema rule on getting around the filibuster as it relates to race and civil rights", said House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of SC.

President Joe Biden said he supports reforming the Senate filibuster and changing the rule back to requiring senators to talk on the floor to hold up bills. They can do that sometimes, but eventually Democrats-or any future majority-would wear them down and find a moment where enough of them are literally sleeping that they can move it across the floor.

"To switch the lights on before noon, to start with a garden-variety floor address, to dispense with the reading of a lengthy legislative document, to schedule committee business, to transfer even non-controversial candidates at something other than a snail's pace", he explained.

"This chaos would not open up an express lane to liberal change". "It would not open up an express lane for the Biden presidency to speed into the history books".

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has been one of the Senate's most ardent supporters of the filibuster even as other Democrats have come out against it.

On Tuesday, Durbin acknowledged that McConnell's warning about the Senate's grinding to a halt was not an idle one.

"He has already done that. He's proven he can do it and he'll do it again", Durbin said. "So that's a threat that, yes, we've seen it, we know you can do it", Durbin said. "Nothing moving", McConnell said.

"Senator McConnell taught me that I was wrong".

Senator Dick Durbin said Tuesday that almost 65 years after SC senator Strom Thurmond's record-setting 24-hour-plus filibuster over the 1957 Civil Rights Act, "the filibuster is still making a mockery of American democracy".

Meanwhile, the progressive advocacy group Stand Up America announced on Tuesday that it would launch a nationwide campaign to demand that senators support the elections reform bill passed in the House and pass it by eliminating the filibuster.



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