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Keyword: filibuster

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  • Over 60 progressive groups urge Schumer to nix filibuster

    02/06/2021 8:43:06 AM PST · by RandFan · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/05/21 03:18 PM EST | BY LEXI LONAS
    More than 60 progressive groups signed a letter that was sent to Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) urging him to get rid of the filibuster in the Senate. The letter is calling for the filibuster to be removed after Democrats won the House, Senate and presidency for the first time since 2011. “The results of this election have unlocked the door to change, but another clear obstacle remains: the rules of the United States Senate that allow a partisan minority to block legislation and will prevent the Senate from governing and delivering on the promises they made to voters...
  • GOP senators ask Biden for bipartisan negotiations on COVID-19 relief package (McConnell, Cornyn offer 10 GOP cloture votes to Schumer)

    01/31/2021 8:23:20 AM PST · by marcusmaximus · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/31/2021 | Mark Moore
    A group of Republican senators on Sunday sent a letter to President Biden suggesting they meet as part of his call for “unity” to negotiate the administration’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. ​”​In the spirit of bipartisanship and unity, we have developed a COVID-19 relief framework that builds on prior COVID assistance laws, all of which passed with bipartisan support​,” the lawmakers, including Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah, wrote​ in the missive. -snip- Along with Collins and Romney, the letter was signed by Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Rob Portman of...
  • McConnell Tweets threat against "attacking the key Senate Rules" (Ruh Roh..)

    01/27/2021 10:58:01 AM PST · by jstolzen · 58 replies
    Twitter ^ | 1/27/21 | Mitch McConnell
    Mitch (via his Twitter feed).."Today, I made clear that if Democrats ever attack the key Senate rules, it would drain the consent and comity out of the institution. A scorched-earth Senate would hardly be able to function. It wouldn’t be a progressive’s dream. It would be a nightmare. I guarantee it."
  • Media headline that Mitch McConnell announces he's willing to abandon the filibuster, jettisoning this 215-year-old protection for minority right based upon the promises of Democrats

    01/26/2021 8:37:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/26/2021 | Andrea Widburg
    <p>Most of the time, Americans pay scant attention to the rules that the House and Senate choose to govern themselves. We laugh when the House decides to go for gender-neutral language, but none of us thinks that makes any real difference. However, in the Senate, "China" Mitch McConnell has paved the way for a rule change that will allow the Democrats to alter forever America's longstanding structure and enable them to become a permanent governing class.</p>
  • Senate Republican leader McConnell drops objection to power-sharing deal with Democrats

    01/25/2021 8:26:59 PM PST · by Coronal · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 25, 2021 | Joseph Ax
    Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate Republican leader, said on Monday he would agree to a power-sharing agreement with Democrats, dropping demands that had held up the basic organization and daily work of the 50-50 chamber for days. Democrat Chuck Schumer, now the majority leader thanks to Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote, and McConnell had been at odds over the Republican’s request that Democrats promise to protect the filibuster, which requires a 60-vote supermajority to advance most legislation. Schumer has refused to guarantee the filibuster would stay. But in a statement, McConnell cited comments from moderate Democratic Senators Joe Manchin...
  • How Mitch McConnell Can Preserve The Filibuster And With It A Republican Voice In The Senate

    01/25/2021 2:48:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    The Federalist ^ | January 25, 2021 | Rachel Bovard
    Far from being a helpless minority, Senate Republicans are in a powerful position to leverage their consent for key priorities from their voters.In a Senate that is now split 50-50, newly minted Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his counterpart, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, are negotiating a power-sharing agreement. Although Vice President Kamala Harris wields the tie-breaking vote for Democrats on the Senate floor, the two parties must negotiate how they will manage the day-to-day operations of the institution. What McConnell agrees to in the upcoming days will tell us a lot about how the Senate GOP plans to comport itself...
  • Why Mitch McConnell Is Filibustering to Protect the Filibuster

    01/22/2021 7:21:06 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 43 replies
    Time ^ | Jan 22, 2021
    It’s a rare thing on Capitol Hill for a lawmaker’s team to try and play down their power. In the Joe Biden-era Senate, the balance of power is split evenly between the parties, 50-50. Vice President Kamala Harris, a Democrat and the constitutional president of the Senate, gets to break the tie in votes that fall along party lines. So that means Democrats now get to set the agenda, chair the committees and get the little perks that come with being the controlling party, like added staff and better room reservations, right? In normal times, sure. But these are not...
  • Psaki: Biden still backs the filibuster

    01/22/2021 1:12:39 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | JANUARY 22, 2021 | NAOMI LIM
    President Biden isn't backing a Democratic-led effort to get rid of the Senate's filibuster procedure as Senate leadership struggles to agree on a power-sharing deal. "He has spoken to this many times. His position has not changed," Psaki told reporters Friday. Biden, a 36-year senator who sat in the chamber in both the majority and minority, has reiterated his support for the filibuster. Removing the rule would mean Biden could pass his more controversial bills with the Democratic 50-seat majority plus Vice President Kamala Harris, rather than a supermajority of 60. Biden did tell the New York Times last summer...
  • McConnell pressures Democrats to keep Senate filibuster

    01/19/2021 5:45:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Dissociated Press ^ | January 19, 2021 | Lisa Mascaro
    In one of his final acts as majority leader, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is pressuring Democrats to keep the filibuster — the procedural tool that liberals and progressives are eager to to do away with so President-elect Joe Biden’s legislative priorities can be approved more easily over GOP opposition. McConnell has told Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer that retaining the legislative filibuster is important and should be part of their negotiations for a power-sharing agreement in the narrowly divided Senate. Schumer and McConnell met Tuesday to begin hammering out the details of organizing the chamber, which will be split...
  • Democratic Senator Sparks Progressive Backlash After Refusing to Back Court Packing

    11/10/2020 7:00:43 AM PST · by libstripper · 24 replies
    Newsweek ^ | Nov. 10, 2020 | James Walker
    Democratic Senator Joe Manchin drew the ire of progressives on Monday night after he pledged not to vote against his own party on Supreme Court packing or ending the filibuster, even if the Senate were to be split 50-50 in the wake of Georgia's runoff races. Appearing on Fox News, the U.S. senator from West Virginia said he would "not vote" with Democrats on those key issues if the Senate were split down the middle—effectively offsetting Kamala Harris' deciding vote as vice president.
  • Manchin: ‘I Will Not Vote’ for Court-Packing, Ending Filibuster if Dems Take Senate

    11/09/2020 5:23:09 PM PST · by Religion and Politics · 87 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/9/2020 | Ian Hanchett
    On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) vowed that he will not vote for packing the courts or ending the filibuster if Democrats take the majority in the Senate. Manchin also expressed opposition to defunding the police, Medicare for all, and the Green New Deal.
  • Tucker Carlson: If Democrats Had Won The Senate, ‘The Country As We Know It Would Have Ended’

    11/05/2020 10:50:50 AM PST · by george76 · 156 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 04, 2020 | SCOTT MOREFIELD
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson opened Wednesday night’s episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” by pointing out the significance of Republicans likely keeping the Senate majority. As of Wednesday, Democrats had flipped GOP Senate seats in Colorado and Arizona and lost one in Alabama, for a net gain of only one seat. Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins pulled through in what many thought would be a close race, as did Republican Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, while Republican North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis appears likely to narrowly hold his seat as well. Carlson pointed to proposals like court-packing, abolishing the filibuster, legalizing...
  • Democrats Worked Hard To Put Amy Coney Barrett On The Supreme Court

    10/28/2020 11:09:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 28, 2020 | J.B. Shurk
    Had Democrats given Trump's judicial nominees due respect and consideration, they could have had more influence over Barrett's nomination process. Judge Amy Coney Barrett is now Justice Amy Coney Barrett, replacing the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. For invoking the “nuclear option” in the Senate back in 2013 and eliminating the filibuster for non-Supreme Court judges, Harry Reid deserves his round of applause. Reid is not the only Democrat to have worked hard on Barrett’s behalf — indeed, the Democratic Party’s actions during both the Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings played a pivotal role...
  • Reid says Biden should end Senate filibuster after 3 weeks

    10/24/2020 11:48:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Dissociated Press ^ | October 25, 2020 | Lisa Mascaro
    Former Senate leader Harry Reid says if Democrats win the presidency and the Senate, Joe Biden should take “no more than three weeks” to test bipartisanship before ending the filibuster so Democrats can overcome what they call Republican obstruction and pass bills. The retired Nevada Democrat told The Associated Press in an interview that he understands Biden wants to work with Republicans, as the former vice president and Delaware senator has in the past. But Reid said there is just too much that needs to be done in the country to wait around trying to reach agreements under the decades-old...
  • Beware a filibuster-free Senate: The changes they would bring could produce a very different country than the one we see today.

    10/07/2020 9:54:32 AM PDT · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 16 replies
    StarTribune ^ | 10-6-2020 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    For months, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Senate Democrats have talked about eliminating the filibuster. With Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, some Senators have said they must get rid of the filibuster so that they can pack the Supreme Court. Even if not used to pack the Supreme Court, eliminating the filibuster would radically transform the Senate and our country.
  • Why Democrats’ Threat to Abolish the Filibuster Means the End of the United States as we Know It

    10/01/2020 9:28:21 AM PDT · by rogerantone1 · 5 replies
    Townhall ^ | October 1, 2020 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    For months, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Senate Democrats have talked about eliminating the filibuster. And with Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, the discussion by the Democrats has become even more extreme, with some Senators saying that they must get rid of the filibuster so that they can pack the Supreme Court. Even if not used to pack the Supreme Court, eliminating the filibuster would radically transform the Senate and our country.
  • Why Democrats’ Threat to Abolish the Filibuster Means the End of the United States as we Know It

    10/01/2020 5:20:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies ^ | October 1, 2020 | John Lott Jr
    For months, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Senate Democrats have talked about eliminating the filibuster. And with Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, the discussion by the Democrats has become even more extreme, with some Senators saying that they must get rid of the filibuster so that they can pack the Supreme Court. Even if not used to pack the Supreme Court, eliminating the filibuster would radically transform the Senate and our country.  Surprisingly, during the first presidential debate on Tuesday night, Biden refused to answer the question about the filibuster: “are you willing to tell the American people whether or not you will support either ending...
  • ‘I Am the Democratic Party’. Joe Biden says he’s the boss but ducks on Supreme Court-packing and the Senate filibuster.

    09/30/2020 5:36:33 PM PDT · by karpov · 21 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 30, 2020 | WSJ Editorial Board
    So declared Joe Biden at Tuesday night’s debate as he tried to parry President Trump’s charge that he will be a false front man for the Democratic Party’s increasingly dominant left. But for a man who says he’s in charge, the former Vice President sure is reluctant to say what he believes in. His first duck and cover came early in the debate when moderator Chris Wallace asked if he’d support the party’s increasingly vocal demands to eliminate the Senate’s legislative filibuster and then pack the Supreme Court. Mr. Biden: “Whatever position I take on that, that’ll become the issue....
  • Democrats' Complaints About the Coming Supreme Court Vote Don't Pass the Smell Test

    09/25/2020 6:59:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | September 25, 2020 | Neil Patel
    In case you didn't notice, our country is completely falling apart. There are so many problems that they are hard to list out at this point, but the biggest, by far, is the increasing animosity between Americans of different political persuasions. People think those on the other side are evil and need to be destroyed. There have always been views like that on the fringes, but the fringes have made huge advances and are now dominating our discourse. And it's not just discourse. We are seeing actual political violence on a scale not seen since the late 1960s. Most Americans...
  • Biden Won’t Answer Court-Packing Question. On an issue that could effectively create a revolution, the candidate is mum.

    09/22/2020 8:06:37 PM PDT · by karpov · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | September 22, 2020 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    President Trump gets a lot of heat for his answers to questions. Much of the criticism is appropriate, some of it is mock outrage, but one way or the other, Trump does answer the questions. In fact, he answers hundreds more questions than his opponent. COVID has been devastating for the country, but it’s been a boon for Joe Biden, who has undeniably lost a step or three and does not do well with sustained exposure. Since the former vice president is rarely made available for questioning, you’d think he would answer the questions that he faces on those few...