Senate Leader Mitch McConnell warned Chuck Schumer of a “scorched-earth” reality should Democrats move to abolish the filibuster and allow the passage of new legislation with a simple 51 vote majority.
Sen. McConnell on Senate Floor on preserving legislative filibuster: “When I could have tried to grab the power. I turned it down. I said President Trump, no, repeatedly.”
— Jason Donner (@jason_donner) January 26, 2021
“The Senate exists to require deliberation and cooperation. James Madison said the Senate’s job was to provide a complicated check … against improper acts of legislation,” McConnell said. “We ensure that laws earn enough buy-in to receive the lasting consent of the governed. We stop bad ideas, improve good ideas and keep laws from swinging wildly with every election.”
“Destroying the filibuster would drain comity and consent from this body to a degree that would be unparalleled in living memory,” he said. “The Constitution requires the Senate to have a quorum to do any business. Right now, a quorum is 51 and the vice president does not count to establish a quorum. The majority cannot even produce a quorum on their own, and one could be demanded by any senator at almost any time.”
“Technically, it takes collegiality and consent for the majority to keep acting as the majority at any time they do not physically … have a majority,” McConnell added. “Every Senate Democrat and the vice president could essentially just block out the next two years on their calendar. They’d have to be here all the time.”
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SAY WHAT? Warren Says Congress Must Eliminate the Filibuster to Stop Climate Change
Fading presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren doubled-down on her demands for major Congressional reforms Monday; saying the federal government must eliminate the filibuster to protect Americans from pharmaceutical companies and protect the environment.
“Come on Democrats, it’s time. We’ve got to roll back the filibuster… I want to make a pitch on that. That filibuster operates -in effect- to give the oil industry, a veto… the pharmaceutical industry a veto,” Warren told a crowd in Iowa.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) December 16, 2019
Watch Senator Warren’s comments above.
BOOKER GOES BERSERK: Cory Says Republican Policies ‘Could Cause People’s Death’
Senator Cory Booker unloaded on President Trump and Republican leadership this week when he viciously stated that implementing GOP policies “would have hurt people” and would likely “cause people’s death.”
Booker was speaking with liberal podcast ‘Pod Save America’ when he was asked to comment on recent proposals from both sides of the aisle that the Senate abolish the so-called “filibuster rule.”
“To people on both sides, we are heading that way. You hear Trump calling for the end of the filibuster rule, and I understand that if I am the commander-in-chief, the president of the United States fighting a tactical battle, that that is something that is—we are moving toward,” said Booker.
“If Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Donald Trump for the last two years, had complete sway, they wouldn’t have just changed policy, which is nice, they would have hurt people in my community, literally doing policies that could cause people’s death,” he added.