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As expected during the run-up to the 2020 election, a battle is brewing over the filibuster, the longtime Senate rule requiring 60 votes to move forward on legislation.
Article by Bob Unruh from WND.
With a one-vote majority because of Vice President Kamala Harris’ tiebreaker, there’s a renewed demand from Democrats to blow up the filibuster to move partisan legislation such as the Equality Act and the For the People Act.
President Biden, when he was a senator, affirmed the rule. Now in the Oval Office, he’s changed his mind.
The Democrats’ biggest hurdle is moderate Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who want to maintain it.
CNN reported Wednesday that Manchin has poured cold water on the call to “gut” the filibuster.
The report said it’s “the latest sign of the high hurdles facing proponents who are eager to weaken the power of the minority party to derail the legislative agenda of the majority.”
“Manchin’s view is important because Democrats can’t muscle through any rules changes without a unified caucus given that the chamber is divided 50-50 and all Republicans are likely to oppose such changes,” CNN explained.
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CNN reported Manchin said “yes” regarding whether or not he wants to maintain the 60-vote threshold.
Harris has confirmed she is with Biden on the issue, Fox News reported.
Biden said Tuesday in an interview with ABC News that “you have to eliminate the filibuster, you have to do it what it used to be when I first got to the Senate back in the old days.”
“You had to stand up and command the floor, you had to keep talking,” he said.
Harris likewise has flipped on the issue, having signed a bipartisan 2017 letter calling for continuation of the rule.
At the time, Republicans controlled the Senate, House and White House, meaning that the filibuster was the Democrats’ most powerful tool to slow the Republican agenda.
Then in 2019, while running for president, she said she was “prepared to get rid of the filibuster to pass a Green New Deal.”
The Democrats last year used the 60-vote threshold to halt action on a police reform bill from Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., and several coronavirus relief packages proposed by Republicans.
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Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., this week warned Democrats that what goes around, comes around. If they kill the filibuster, he said, Republicans would require a vote on every action the Senate takes, which would create absolute gridlock in a 50-50 chamber.
“So let me say this very clearly for all 99 of my colleagues. Nobody serving in this chamber can even begin to imagine what a completely scorched-earth Senate would look like,” he said. “None of us have served one minute in a Senate that was completely drained of comity and consent. This is an institution that requires unanimous consent to turn the lights on before noon, to proceed with a garden-variety floor speech.”
He continued: “I want our colleagues to imagine a world where every single task, every one of them, requires a physical quorum. Which, by the way, the vice president does not count in determining a quorum. This chaos would not open up an express lane for liberal change. … The Senate would be more like a 100-car pileup, nothing moving.”
Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
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