Web
Analytics

Filibuster Stalemate Stalls New Senate

56

It’s not enough the Democrat coup gave them all three branches, they mean to snuff out any dissent.

The filibuster sets a 60-vote threshold to pass most legislation. Naturally the Democrats want to eliminate the filibuster so they can pass whatever legislation they want. Contact Senator McConnell’s office and insist that he not support any deal with Senator Schumer that eliminates the filibuster. It’s the only mechanism that we have to prevent harmful legislation from being passed.

Quick note: Tech giants are shutting us down. You know this. Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Adsense, Pinterest permanently banned us. Facebook, Google search et al have shadow-banned, suspended and deleted us from your news feeds. They are disappearing us. But we are here. We will not waver. We will not tire. We will not falter, and we will not fail. Freedom will prevail.

Subscribe to Geller Report newsletter here — it’s free and it’s critical NOW when informed decision making and opinion is essential to America's survival. Share our posts on your social channels and with your email contacts. Fight the great fight.

Follow me on Gettr. I am there, click here. It's open and free.

Remember, YOU make the work possible. If you can, please contribute to Geller Report.

Filibuster stalemate stalls new Senate

By Washington Examiner, January 22, 2021

A fight over the future of the filibuster stalled the Senate on the second day of the new Democratic majority, threatening to throw the chamber into disarray for the foreseeable future.

Democrats are rejecting a demand from Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that they pledge to maintain the legislative filibuster as part of an overall organizing agreement that would set the rules for the now evenly divided Senate.

“Unfortunately, we are not going to give him what he wishes,” Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, told reporters in the Capitol on Thursday.

McConnell is not backing down on his demand that Democrats maintain the filibuster, which sets a 60-vote threshold to pass most legislation.

On the floor Thursday, the Kentucky Republican reminded Democrats they, too, sought to preserve the filibuster during their time in the minority, and he will continue to hold out on an organizing agreement.

“If the talk of unity and common ground is to have meaning … then I cannot imagine the Democratic leader would rather hold up the power-sharing agreement than simply reaffirm that his side won’t be breaking this standing rule of the Senate,” McConnell said.

The parties have yet to strike a deal on governing in an evenly divided Senate.

Democrats hold a majority thanks to the tiebreaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris, but as of Thursday, the GOP remained in charge of committees because no deal between McConnell and Schumer has been reached. The two parties are also in negotiations on quickly confirming President Biden’s Cabinet nominees and the terms for conducting an impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump. None of that has been resolved.

McConnell described “good faith discussions” with Schumer and said he “looks forward to finding the solution together,” on power-sharing.

Durbin, speaking to reporters, said Democrats will not agree to a deal that would prohibit ending the filibuster at some future point because McConnell and Republicans would block every bill without fear that the 60-vote threshold could be eliminated.

“If you did that, then there would be just unbridled use of it,” Durbin said. “I mean, nothing holding him back.”

Both parties complain about the filibuster when they control the majority. It essentially provides the minority party with the power to block most legislation.

McConnell, on Thursday, pointed to a 2017 letter signed by 27 current Senate Democrats and Vice President Kamala Harris, “insisting this long-standing rule should not be broken.”

But Schumer, speaking to reporters Thursday, said Democrats are eager to reconstruct the power sharing agreement the two parties reached in 2001, which is the last time the Senate split 50-50. At that time, the accord made no mention of the filibuster, although neither side was seriously weighing a plan to eliminate it.

Schumer said he doesn’t want a filibuster demand included in the new power-sharing deal.

Have a tip we should know? Your anonymity is NEVER compromised. Email tips@thegellerreport.com

The Truth Must be Told

Your contribution supports independent journalism

Please take a moment to consider this. Now, more than ever, people are reading Geller Report for news they won't get anywhere else. But advertising revenues have all but disappeared. Google Adsense is the online advertising monopoly and they have banned us. Social media giants like Facebook and Twitter have blocked and shadow-banned our accounts. But we won't put up a paywall. Because never has the free world needed independent journalism more.

Everyone who reads our reporting knows the Geller Report covers the news the media won't. We cannot do our ground-breaking report without your support. We must continue to report on the global jihad and the left's war on freedom. Our readers’ contributions make that possible.

Geller Report's independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our work is critical in the fight for freedom and because it is your fight, too.

Please contribute here.

or

Make a monthly commitment to support The Geller Report – choose the option that suits you best.

Pin It on Pinterest