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One of the few fun things about having an even split of 50/50 in the United States Senate, is having the party with the V.P. look ridiculous while setting up the rules for the 2-year session. This is why Mitch McConnell is a solid leader and helped usher in most of President Trump’s agenda the past four years. He knows how to work the margins and here is your latest example.
McConnell is asking for Chuck Schumer to put in writing that the legislative filibuster for the next two years will NOT be taken away from the minority. Schumer and the Demo-Crats are non too pleased with this and the disagreement had held up regular business in the Senate. Every day of a delay is a day Biden inc does not get what it wants.
From Politico …
Senate Democrats are signaling they will reject an effort by Mitch McConnell to protect the legislative filibuster as part of a deal to run a 50-50 Senate, saying they have little interest in bowing to his demands just hours into their new Senate majority.
McConnell has publicly and privately pressed Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to work to keep the 60-vote threshold on most legislation as part of their power-sharing agreement. Democrats have no plans to gut the filibuster further, but argue it would be a mistake to take one of their tools off the table just as they’re about to govern.
Many Democrats argue that having the threat of targeting the filibuster will be key to forcing compromise with reluctant Republicans. They also believe it would show weakness to accede to McConnell’s demand as he’s relegated to minority leader.
“Chuck Schumer is the majority leader and he should be treated like majority leader. We can get shit done around here and we ought to be focused on getting stuff done,” said Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.). “If we don’t, the inmates are going to be running this ship.”
“It would be exactly the wrong way to begin,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). “We need to have the kind of position of strength that will enable us to get stuff done.”
What Tester and Blumenthal are gurgling about here is sheer nonsensical Washington D.C. claptrap fodder. How in the world are the Democrats going to be hurt if they agree to Mcconnells’ one request of keeping the filibuster for this session? How does that weaken them? Maybe they are thinking about eliminating the filibuster being they know in their heart of hearts they don’t have long to jam stuff down the American people’s throats.
If Schumer and his broken caucus recall recent history, Mitch McConnell pushed back on President Trump to get rid of the filibuster in 2017 and rightfully so. Keeping the threshold of needing 60 votes to end a debate helps slow down some truly awful legislation in the Senate as opposed to Pelosi whipping people to death to vote for something in the House. The filibuster benefits the minority NOT the majority and Mitch knew one day the GOP would be back on the minority side of the aisle.
Even some of Chuck’s colleagues recognize this even if Schumer is playing dumb.
Four years ago, as McConnell himself came under pressure from former President Donald Trump to gut the filibuster, 61 senators signed a letter to Senate leaders emphasizing the importance of protecting the supermajority requirement. And even now Democrats like Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia say they want to keep the filibuster, emphasizing that it drives compromise.
For that reason, the filibuster appears safe for the immediate future regardless of what happens in the coming days. If Democrats were to change it, it would likely be in response to Republicans blocking their bills repeatedly. And there’s plenty of pent-up angst in the Democratic Party, which is now in control of both chambers of Congress and the White House for the first time in more than a decade.
So the logical question is then, why if the filibuster is safe why not just put it in writing? Seems simple enough right?
The Democrats under Harry Reid got rid of the judicial filibuster for the lower court nominations during Barrack Obamas time and it came back to bite them in the arse when McConnell and the GOP took over and they removed the SCOTUS filibuster and Donald Trump got three nominees passed.
If Chuck and the rest of the Biden lackeys in the Senate want to remove the last great hurdle to the Senate being something unique rather than be a glorified House of Represantives, then they will just simply put their intent to not remove it in writing.
Simple enough request, but of course, nothing in Washington is simple.