Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Biden to Champion Senate Democrats’ Plan to Nuke the Filibuster, Force Through Election Overhauls; McConnell Threatens to Paralyze Senate if Democrats Blow Up the Filibuster, and related stories

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Biden to champion Senate Democrats’ plan to nuke the filibuster, force through election overhauls:
President Biden on Tuesday plans to tell Americans he “will not flinch” in supporting Senate Democrats’ moves to blow up the chamber’s filibuster rules to pass a partisan overhaul of election laws.
Speaking in Atlanta, Mr. Biden will push for passage of Democratic bills that he says are necessary to uphold democracy in GOP-run states.
“The next few days, when these bills come to a vote, will mark a turning point in this nation,” according to excerpts of the speech Mr. Biden plans to deliver in Georgia. “Will we choose democracy over autocracy, light over shadow, justice over injustice? I know where I stand. I will not yield. I will not flinch. I will defend your right to vote and our democracy against all enemies foreign and domestic. And so the question is where will the institution of United States Senate stand?”
Republicans have offered to work on a compromise deal but Mr. Biden is pushing for the Democratic package, which the GOP views as nationalization of elections and a partisan power grab at the ballot box.
Mr. Biden will deliver his speech at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. used to preach. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer is eyeing MLK Day as the deadline for passing election bills. --->READ MORE HERE
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McConnell threatens to paralyze Senate if Democrats blow up the filibuster
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed on Tuesday to paralyze the Senate using scorched-earth tactics if Democrats undo filibuster rules to pass a partisan agenda.
He said any move by Democrats to weaken the longstanding 60-vote threshold to advance most legislation would inaugurate a new era of partisan warfare.
“What would a post-[filibuster] Senate look like,” said Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican. “I assure you it would not be more efficient or more productive. I personally guarantee it.”
The GOP leader said that, given the longstanding rules and traditions governing debate in the Senate, his senators could easily tie up the chamber in procedural gridlock. Mr. McConnell, in particular, threatened to weaponize the Senate’s unanimous consent rule, which requires all 100 members to be on board before legislation can be brought to the floor. --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to related stories:

Biden Claims ‘No Option’ but to Suspend Filibuster for Vote-Law Overhaul; GOP Warns of Dire Consequences

Manchin, other Senate Dems unsold on Biden’s plan to nuke the filibuster for voting bills

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