(ConservativeInsider.org) – Since the early 1800s, filibusters have been used by the Senate’s minority party to stop a bill from going to vote. Without it, bills brought by the majority party could most likely always be pushed through.
Originally, the Senators had to speak without taking a break on the Senate floor to keep a filibuster going. Now, as long as three-fifths of the Senate doesn’t vote to stop a filibuster, it can go on indefinitely behind the scenes. But, as Democrats consider ending the legislative filibuster, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) warned it could lead to a “scorched-Earth Senate” and basically a “one party” system.
On Monday, March 15, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said the fact a party must rally 60 votes to stop a filibuster holds the Senate “hostage.” However, McConnell shot back on Tuesday, March 16, sharing the inevitable effect of repealing this key tool of the minority party. He stated it would greatly slow down the efficiency of the Senate, comparing it to a “100-car pile-up” with “nothing moving.”
During this debate, President Joe Biden came out in support of filibuster reform, shared here by Senior Producer for MSNBC Kyle Griffin:
Breaking: President Biden said he supports changing the Senate's filibuster rule back to requiring senators talk on the floor to hold up a bill, the first time he has endorsed reforming the filibuster. https://t.co/WZoEeEhdXc
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 17, 2021
President Biden and other Democrats hope to end the filibuster in order to push more of their radical agenda through. The job of the Senate was originally meant to be the voice of reason to sort out the bills brought to them by the House in a bi-partisan approach. Ending the filibuster would end that sanity check. The majority party would win. Everytime. .
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