(RepublicanPress.org) – The filibuster is a long-standing practice in the US Senate that effectively requires at least 60 votes to pass any bill. The topic of changing the filibuster has arisen with the Senate evenly split. President Joe Biden says he supports the move. However, there are two sides to that coin.
Biden told ABC News host George Stephanopoulos that he supports changing the filibuster. He proposes returning to a literal interpretation of the filibuster, which permits a senator(s) to speak as long as they wish as a means of delaying action on a bill. It takes 3/5 of the Senate (currently 60 members) to end a filibuster.
EXCLUSIVE: @GStephanopoulos: "You're for bringing back the talking filibuster?"
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) March 17, 2021
Biden supports a return to the “talking filibuster” because, unless someone was willing to talk a bill to death, it could pass with a simple majority vote. However, as Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pointed out in a March 16 speech from the Senate floor, ending the 60-vote threshold on the filibuster rule would result in a “100-car pile up” in the Senate for future bills.
As McConnell concluded, the resulting “chaos” from changing the filibuster will not pave the way for Democrats to force their liberal agenda on Americans. While Biden’s position isn’t as extreme as completely abolishing the filibuster, it still cripples Republicans trying to stand up against the Left’s agenda.
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