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  • Senate filibuster's racist past fuels arguments for its end

    04/10/2021 6:13:02 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 26 replies
    aol ^ | April 10, 2021 | LISA MASCARO
    Once obscure, the Senate filibuster is coming under fresh scrutiny not only because of the enormous power it gives a single senator to halt President Joe Biden’s agenda, but as a tool historically used for racism. Senators advocating for changes to the practice say the procedure that allows endless debate is a Jim Crow-relic whose time is up. Among the most vivid examples, they point to landmark filibusters including Strom Thurmond's 24-hour speech against a 1957 Civil Rights bill, as ways it has been used to stall changes. Carrying echoes of the Civil Rights era, the Senate is poised to...
  • Democrat Kyrsten Sinema Defends the Filibuster Again As Pressure Mounts

    04/07/2021 10:34:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 66 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/6/2021 | Jacob Bliss
    Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has surfaced as one of the only Democrat defenders of the filibuster, having to reject attempts from her own party to persuade her in eliminating the 60-vote requirement in order to advance most pieces of legislation. Sinema joined with another Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), to block their party from eliminating the filibuster. Recently Breitbart News reported, Manchin conveyed Democrats do not have enough votes in the Senate to pass President Joe Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure proposal due to six or seven Democrats who oppose raising the corporate tax rate to 28 percent. For this reason,...
  • A Single Democrat Senator Stands in the Way of a Very Progressive Agenda

    04/07/2021 8:01:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Mish Talk ^ | 04/07/2021 | Mike Shedlock
    Senator Krysten Sinema (D, AZ), is the last major obstacle to killing the filibuster, tax hikes, the push for $15, and other Progressive agenda.Last Obstacle Standing Senator Joe Manchin (D, WV) allegedly conservative, has mostly caved in on Biden's agenda.Progressives now demand killing or gutting Senate filibuster rules. And if the filibuster falls, a Progressive minority will rule the roost.Pressure Mounts Please note Kyrsten Sinema Defends Filibuster as Pressure Mounts From Progressives.Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has emerged as the staunchest Democratic defender of the filibuster, brushing off fire from the outspoken progressive wing of her party as she tries to stake...
  • Senate parliamentarian to let Democrats bypass GOP filibuster on two more bills

    04/05/2021 7:12:49 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 5, 2021 | ALEXANDER BOLTON
    The Senate parliamentarian ruled Monday that Democrats can use special budgetary rules to avoid a GOP filibuster on two more pieces of legislation, setting the stage for President Biden's infrastructure agenda to pass in two packages with simple-majority votes. It's a win for Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) that allows him to pass Biden's $2.25 trillion package by revising the fiscal 2021 Budget Resolution. Schumer could pass a budget resolution for fiscal 2022 to do a third reconciliation package for the second half of the Biden infrastructure agenda. Or the fiscal 2021 budget could be revised a third time...
  • New Yorker Attempt To Dunk On Conservatives Further Shows Why H.R. 1 Is A Threat

    04/01/2021 6:08:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 1, 2021 | Gabe Kaminsky
    Jane Mayer of The New Yorker strengthens the argument for why H.R. 1 is an awful piece of legislation.In attempting to own conservatives by leaking partial audio of a presentation to Republicans by the director of research at a conservative nonprofit, staff writer Jane Mayer at The New Yorker further illuminates why H.R. 1 is a garbage proposal. Mayer misunderstands the Republican base’s argument completely and produces a straw man.The March 29 report is based on audio from a Jan. 8 phone call in which Kyle McKenzie of Stand Together discusses the “For The People Act,” known as H.R. 1....
  • Biden Buys Off Joe Manchin – Will Kyrsten Sinema Save the Republic?

    03/28/2021 4:24:23 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 36 replies
    dbdailyupdate ^ | David Blackmon
    If you’re counting on Joe Manchin to save the Republic… – Well, you might want to think again. For all his bluster and fake media coverage about being some sort of “moderate” Democrat, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has always been nothing but a reliable, down-the-line leftwinger who operates in what I like to call the Lloyd Bentsen mode of being a senator. You might remember Lloyd Bentsen, the long-time Texas senator who ran for the vice presidency in 1988 as Michael Dukakis’s running mate. During his 22 years in the senate from 1971 through 1993, Bentsen was the quintessential...
  • 7 Takeaways on the Biden Presser

    03/28/2021 2:29:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2021 | Kevin Grieve
    Pravda Press – The difference between a New York Times reader and a Russian reading Pravda is that the Russian knows he is being lied to. Softball questions from the compliant media allowed Biden to read, without looking up, from pre-printed note cards. He chose reliable, liberal reporters (partisan activists) from a pre-selected list. The worst question came from NPR’s pandering Yamiche Alcindor who attempted to explain away what is tracking to be the worst southern border migrant surge in 20 years because Biden is a moral and decent man. Proving once again that the mainstream media is the propaganda...
  • Is Joe Biden Trying to Buy Joe Manchin's Loyalty? If Manchin Can Be Bought, Say Goodbye to the Filibuster

    03/27/2021 8:42:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/27/2021 | Matt Margolis
    With a 50-50 split in the United States Senate, there are two things Joe Biden cannot afford: Democrat defections and a filibuster. Senate rules require 60 votes for cloture to move on legislation, and recent years have turned the filibuster into an obstruction tactic by the minority party. Senator Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat from the very red state of West Virginia, has found himself in a very powerful position. His support or opposition to key legislation could make or break Joe Biden’s agenda in Congress. So, it’s hard not to raise an eyebrow at the fact that Joe Biden...
  • Filibuster a ‘Tool of Racists’ [semi-satire]

    03/27/2021 10:13:00 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 March 2021 | John Semmens
    This week, Presidential Press secretary Jen Psaki argued for the elimination of the Senate Filibuster, calling it a “tool of racists. Throughout American history the Senate filibuster has been repeatedly used to block legislation that would safeguard the rights of minorities. As the President pointed out in his press conference on Thursday, the filibuster was the first line of defense in protecting Jim Crow laws that denied equality for blacks.” “Last year alone, the Senate had to invoke cloture more than 250 times to end senseless filibusters.” Psaki pointed out. “This is almost five times as many instances than during...
  • Press Secretary Jen Psaki Says Filibuster ‘Allowing for Systematic Racism in Country’

    03/26/2021 2:23:47 PM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 63 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/26/2021 | Wendell Husebo
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Friday the filibuster was “allowing for systematic racism in the country.” The statement came as Psaki was asked if President Joe Biden thought the filibuster was a legacy of the Jim Crow era in 2005 when he defended the filibuster.
  • A Sleepy Joe Biden Hosts The Most Awkward Press Conference Of All Time

    03/26/2021 7:50:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 26, 2026 | Gabe Kaminsky
    I hope you enjoyed your popcorn, folks. 78-year-old President Joe Biden temporarily left the basement, and it sure wasn’t pretty. On Thursday, Biden delivered the first press conference in all of the 64 days of his presidency. In one hour, the president spoke to a 25 reporter-capped press pool about the ongoing migrant crisis at the southern border, gun control in the wake of the Atlanta and Colorado shootings, relations with China, the filibuster, running for president in 2024, and other topics. The president side-stepped on nearly every topic, more focused on concluding the presser as soon as possible than...
  • Fleischer predicts Democrats will nix filibuster for gun control

    03/25/2021 3:14:37 PM PDT · by RandFan · 109 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/24/21 01:21 PM EDT | BY CELINE CASTRONUOVO
    Fox News contributor and former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer on Wednesday predicted that Senate Democrats will move to nix the Senate filibuster on gun reform legislation after multiple deadly mass shootings. During an interview on Fox’s “America’s Newsroom,” Fleischer, who served under former President George W. Bush’s administration, said that gun control is one of the issues at the “core” of the Democratic Party. “I think this is going to be an issue that breaks the Senate,” he said. “It is so deep and fervent inside the Democratic Party that gun control is the answer.” Fleischer went on...
  • Joe Biden: ‘When I came to the U.S. Senate 120 years ago’

    03/25/2021 3:32:27 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 28 replies
    Sara Carter.com ^ | 3/25/2021 | Jennie Taer
    Speaking on the future of the filibuster at the first press conference of his presidency, President Joe Biden, 78, said he came to the Senate “120 years ago.” “With regard to the filibuster, I believe we should go back to the position of the filibuster that existed just when I came to the United State’s Senate 120 years ago.” Biden became a Senator when he was 29 and served for 36 years. Many top Democrats have argued that the filibuster is a ‘racist’ practice and have advocated for its demise. Republicans, like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, however, say that...
  • Democrats Point to Gun Legislation as Justification for Nuking Filibuster

    03/24/2021 7:43:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 94 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 24, 2021 | Stephen Gutowski
    Democrats are using the mass shooting in Colorado on Monday to renew their push to eliminate the filibuster and pass new gun control legislation. Prominent Democrats said the Senate must eliminate the filibuster in order to push through new gun control laws in response to the killings. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Rep. Jason Crow (Colo.), Rep. David Cicilline (R.I.), Pennsylvania lieutenant governor candidate John Fetterman, and Pennsylvania Senate candidate Malcolm Kenyatta all called for the filibuster to end in the wake of Monday's attack. "Things won't get better until Democrats get rid of the filibuster and finally pass gun safety...
  • Soros Gave $16,568,483 to Group Behind Project Push to Kill Senate Filibuster

    03/24/2021 8:24:03 AM PDT · by JV3MRC · 30 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 3/24/2021 | Joseph Vazquez
    A leftist “dark money” group tied to liberal billionaire globalist George Soros has led the push to have Senate Democrats eliminate the filibuster, according to a new report. The Washington Free Beacon reported that the radical group Fix Our Senate “is steering a coalition of 60 progressive groups to pressure moderate Democrats to eliminate the filibuster, which requires a 60-vote supermajority to advance legislation.” Fix Our Senate has existed as a "project" of the leftist “Sixteen Thirty Fund, a nonprofit incubator managed by the D.C.-based consulting firm Arabella Advisors.” Soros’s Open Society Policy Center (OSPC) gave the Sixteen Thirty Fund...
  • Trump: Ending the filibuster would be 'catastrophic' for Republican Party

    03/22/2021 6:51:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/22/2021 | DOMINICK MASTRANGELO
    Former President Trump is warning Republicans that any effort to abolish the Senate filibuster would cause irreparable damage to the party. During an interview on the podcast “The Truth with Lisa Boothe," Trump discussed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his attempts to fight off talk from progressives to eliminate the longstanding filibuster rule. "Look, he's hanging by a thread right now with respect to the filibuster," Trump said of McConnell. "And if they get the filler, he's hanging on [Democratic Sen.] Joe Manchin, who always goes with the Democrats. Joe talks, but he ends up going with the...
  • Elizabeth Warren claims the filibuster is racist amid calls to eliminate it

    03/18/2021 1:27:44 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 79 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/18/2021 | Tyler Olson
    "The filibuster has deep roots in racism, and it should not be permitted to serve that function, or to create a veto for the minority," the senior Democratic senator from Massachusetts said. "In a democracy, it's majority rules."
  • Supposed 'Champion' of Filibuster Scarborough Now Says Dems Should Abolish It!

    03/18/2021 11:03:39 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough boasted on Thursday he's "always been a champion of the filibuster." But now he wants the Democrats to abolish it! His argument is that because of increased political polarization, there are few moderates left, and thus that "nothing can get done" with the filibuster in place, which in effect requires 60 votes to pass legislation through the Senate. Scarborough was somewhat coy in the way he first phrased things, saying Democrats must "do something significant" about the filibuster. He made his support for abolishing the filibuster more explicit a bit later, saying Democrats must "make sure that 50-plus-one...
  • Dem Sen. Warnock: ‘Voting Rights Bigger Than the Filibuster Issue’

    03/18/2021 5:45:49 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 16 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/17/2021 | Jeff Poor
    Wednesday, on the heels of giving his first speech on the U.S. Senate floor, Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) appeared on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” to discuss his push for more federal involvement in elections. Warnock told host Rachael Maddow that he saw the needed legislative action on voting rights as a reason to bypass the Senate’s filibuster rule.
  • McConnell Makes Big Promises, But The Filibuster Was Never The Real Reason He Ignored Conservatives (Don't All Politicians Make Promises, That They Have No Intentions To Keep?

    03/17/2021 9:13:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 17, 2021 | Christopher Bedford
    When McConnell cares about something — actually cares about it — we see how quickly his tune changes.Defund sanctuary cities. Defund Planned Parenthood. Build the wall. These are just some of things Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell promises to do when he takes back control of the Senate — that is, if Democrats dare to strike down the filibuster. It’s a great to-do list, the kind of things the conservative base elects Republicans every few years to do. When President Donald Trump took office in 2017 and the GOP controlled both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, though,...