Democrats' Very Public Flip-Flop Proves They Care Only About Power, Not People

Written By BlabberBuzz | Wednesday, 12 January 2022 14:00
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Think about this. In 2020 alone, during President Trump's tenure, the Democrats used the filibuster 327 times - that was just in one year. Now, they are changing their tune saying the filibuster is anti-democratic, and are making moves to change the rules while they still have some power.

This is obviously a political move meant to help Sleepy Joe get his massive spending bill, the Build Back Better plan, passed without opposition efforts that have been derailing it. Chuck Schumer should be ashamed - Pelosi should be ashamed - in the age of video records, there are troves of evidence they not only used it but defended using it as a right of democracy, now they flip the coin and try changing the narrative because it does not suit them. The GOP is preparing for it - and if the Dems do succeed in changing the filibuster rule, they are in for a fight.

Senate Republicans announce if Democrats vote to end the filibuster, the GOP will use the new rule to force votes on a string of Republican legislation that would have a fair chance of passing in the evenly divided Senate.

In a step that would turn the Democratic plan to end the filibuster on its head, Republicans state they'll bring up legislation that can effortlessly garner 50 GOP votes and a few Democratic votes. This could promote Republican measures under the rule change Democrats are considering that would lower the 60-vote threshold to 51 votes.

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The GOP's list of legislation is not what Democratic leaders have in mind as they plan an end to the filibuster, including legislation to renew the Keystone XL pipeline, maintain security at the beleaguered southern border, and block taxpayer funding for abortions.

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"There could be some really hard votes for Democrats," Senate Minority Whip John Thune, a South Dakota Republican, told reporters in the Capitol on Monday.

Republicans first unveiled their plan to the Wall Street Journal on Monday.

Democrats intend to vote on the significant change to Senate rules as early as this week to eliminate the decades-old 60-vote threshold to promote legislation and replace it with a simple majority. The move would clear the way for the party to bring bills to the floor that would otherwise be stopped by Republicans who decline to provide the 10 votes required to proceed.

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If Democrats change the rules, Republicans cautioned they would use it to their advantage by bringing up wish list legislation that stands a chance of either getting Democratic support or forcing lawmakers to make the tough decision of siding with their own party leadership or their constituents.

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"I think they need to think long and hard about whether or not they want to go down a path that allows Republicans to move items on our agenda at 51 (votes) on things that they're going to be, many of them, adamantly opposed to," Thune continued.

Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Jon Tester of Montana both voted to back the Keystone pipeline last year, putting them under extreme pressure to back a Keystone bill if the GOP brought it up under the new rules.

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Democrats wish to alter the filibuster to advance partisan voting, and election overhaul steps they say are critically required to ensure and improve voter access to the polls. The measures would block red-state voter integrity laws and reinstate federal oversight of election and voting changes in certain districts to prevent discrimination.

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, called Democratic complaints about voting rights "fake hysteria" and announced that ending the filibuster would destroy a fundamental feature of Congress that protects democracy by giving the minority a voice in Congress.

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