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Mitch McConnell warns Democrats that overhauling filibuster rules will lead to ‘completely scorched earth Senate’




The Kentucky Republican defended the 60-vote threshold for the legislative filibuster in a speech on the floor, and warned Democrats that if they moved to change the filibuster rules, it would not open an express lane for the Biden administration to push its agenda. Instead, Republicans would use all the rules and options at their disposal to stop the House, making the Senate “look more like 100 vehicles, with nothing moving.”

The majority whip, Dick Durbin, told reporters he doesn’t care about McConnell’s threats to curb the Senate if Democrats change the filibuster because “he’s already done it.”

McConnell also set the Conservative agenda that Republicans would move quickly the next time they took control of Congress and the White House, most of which Democrats would vehemently oppose, such as the refinancing of Planned Parenthood.

The pendulum would oscillate in both directions, “and would oscillate strongly,” he warned.

McConnell listed some of the legislation his party would adopt when they returned to power.

“Not only would we erase all liberal changes that harmed the country: we would strengthen America with all sorts of conservative policies with zero and zero contributions from the other side,” he said, noting how the Republican Party would move quickly to spread sanctuary and Planned cities. Parenthood, add new protections for the right to life of the unborn, work on hidden transportation laws and a new era of domestic energy production. “

He also noted that when former President Donald Trump pressured Republicans to eliminate the filibuster, Democrats were armed.

“My colleagues and I have refused to kill the Senate for instant satisfaction,” he said.

McConnell also asked if Democrats really believe that the election of President Joe Biden and a 50-50 Senate is a sign that the American people want a radical change.

“Does anyone really believe that the American people would vote for a completely new system of government by electing Joe Biden in the White House and a 50-50 Senate? It’s a 50-50 Senate. There was no mandate. to completely transform America The American people on November 3. That may be what a few liberal activists want, but does anyone think millions of Americans thought that was what they chose? Of course not. “

In a speech, Durbin strongly rejected the Republican leader’s warnings, arguing that it was McConnell’s abuse of the filibuster that caused the Democrats’ frustration and desire to get rid of him.

“When Senator McConnell and others come to the floor and implore us to cling to Senate traditions, I would tell you that their interpretation of traditions is strangling this body,” he said, noting how many Democrats are frustrated by the state. current procedure that makes it extremely difficult to pass comprehensive legislation.

“If I became skeptical of the filibuster, it’s for your use,” the Illinois Democrat said, speaking directly to McConnell. “And I hope you understand that it can’t be had in both directions. It can’t be a weird procedure or be a procedure that dominates the real business of the Senate as it has done for so many years.”