Republicans will not let Democrats change Senate rules now, nor ever

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We are at a critical moment in history.

With the thinnest majority, Democrats have not been able to pass their wildly unpopular and dangerous agenda. As a result, they are considering using the nuclear option to remove the Senate’s threshold of 60 votes for legislation. And they do so under the guise of “protecting the rights to vote.”

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President Biden took heat from the liberal media last week.  (AP)

President Biden took heat from the liberal media last week. (AP)
(AP Newsroom)

Make no mistake, this grip on power is not about the right to vote. Instead, it is about promoting the radical agenda of one party.

Even some of my colleagues in the Senate on the other hand agree that the preservation of filibusters is in the best interest of the American people and in ensuring that the Senate continues to serve as the world’s largest deliberative body. Speaking about whether she would support the elimination of the filibuster, Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema told the Senate last week that she “would not support separate actions exacerbating the underlying disease of division that infects our country.”

And my West Virginia colleague, Senator Joe Manchin, followed up by saying, “Allowing a party to exercise complete control in the Senate with only a simple majority will only fuel the fire of political whiplash and dysfunction that tears it down. nation apart – especially when a party controls both Congress and the White House. “

I could not agree more. Let us also look back and see where other Democrats have stood on this issue in the past.

Also from my home state of West Virginia, the late Senator Robert Byrd – a longtime Democrat – was unequivocal in his defense of preserving Senate rules. He wrote in 2010 that “the Senate has been the last stronghold of minority rights and freedom of speech in this republic for more than two centuries. I pray that senators will stop and reflect before ignoring this history and tradition in favor of it. political priority. at the moment. “

Under the previous administration, Senate Democrats used the filibuster more than 300 times. And in 2017, 32 Democrats joined the Republicans – including myself – in a letter in which they spoke in favor of preserving the filibuster.

President Biden speaks after leaving a meeting of the Senate Democratic Caucus in Washington on Thursday, January 13, 2022. (Photographer: Eric Lee / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

President Biden speaks after leaving a meeting of the Senate Democratic Caucus in Washington on Thursday, January 13, 2022. (Photographer: Eric Lee / Bloomberg via Getty Images)
(Eric Lee / Bloomberg via Getty Images)

In 2005, President Biden said in a Senate speech: “At its core, the filibuster is not about stopping a nominee or a bill – it’s about compromise and moderation.” In this same speech, he said when it came to eliminating the filibuster, that “It’s not only a bad idea, it disrupts the constitutional design, and it makes the country bad.”

But he’s not the only one who’s done 180 when it comes to filibusters. Majority leader Schumer once said that it would be “doomsday for democracy” if the filibuster was eliminated. Recently, he called the filibuster “the most important distinction between the Senate and the House.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY is sitting in front of a supervisory hearing in Senate rules and administration committees on the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 in Washington.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY is sitting in front of a supervisory hearing in Senate rules and administration committees on the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 in Washington.
(Elizabeth Frantz / Pool via AP)

So what changed? Well, the Democrats now can not get their will, so they want to change the rules. If we change the rules so that only 50 votes are needed to pass legislation, there will be zero motivation for the two sides to work together. ‘

The compromise President Biden mentioned? Gone.

Just as bad, legislative results could be undone and redone over and over again with just a change of a Senate seat.

Policies that are detrimental to Americans across the country can be adopted immediately. Policies like the Green New Deal, judicial packaging, federalization of our elections, packaging of the Senate with new states, defundering of the police, attacks on the Second Amendment for law-abiding Americans, and more.

Hitting radical policies through Congress without even trying to reach consensus is not what the founders imagined, and that’s not how the Americans want us to function.

Last week, leader Schumer promised to hold these polls earlier this week, a schedule that has now slipped due to opposition in his own party. But even in light of that opposition, he says he will bring them up anyway, and then further divisions between the Senate and the country.

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and US Senators Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) meet with the media after the Senate Democratic lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA, January 13, 2022 REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and US Senators Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Jon Ossoff (D-GA) meet with the media after the Senate Democratic lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA, January 13, 2022 REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst
(REUTERS / Jonathan Ernst)

After the President’s speech in Georgia, in which he compared honest differences of opinion with the segregationist politicians of the past, and leads Schumers fully forward towards socialism, I and my Republican colleagues will continue to stand firm on what is right for America, including its founding institutions as f. ex. United States Senate.

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Rest assured that those who are willing to change the rules for their own benefit will do so again and again and again. Today it is supposedly about “voting rights”. Tomorrow it will be about weapons control. And the day after, it’s going to be about open borders.

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The last time Democrats changed the rules to benefit themselves in the short term, leader McConnell rightly predicted they would regret it. This time, with much more at stake, will the Democrats regret doing it again? You bet they will.

But unfortunately, the country will suffer the consequences.

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