As centrist Democrats like Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) continue their defense of the filibuster, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) made a better argument on Sunday in favor of getting rid of it.
President Joe Biden’s legislative priorities are currently being held up because Republicans are using the filibuster to block them from passing. The filibuster is a racist tool that has been used by conservatives to block progress for decades even though it’s not in the Constitution. Until the advent of the filibuster, Congress had always passed legislation with a simple majority. But the filibuster is abused more now than ever before, which is why the Senate is largely ineffective, and that hurts the country.
In an op-ed, Sinema feebly defended the filibuster as if Republicans never intend on killing it when they have a chance to shove their agenda down everyone’s throats if they ever take back the majority.
The fact is, however, that unless Democrats end the filibuster and start passing critical pieces of legislation, it’s likely that Republicans will make sure they can never be ousted from power again as they rig elections through voter suppression laws with impunity.
During an appearance on “Meet The Press,” AOC argued in favor of ending the filibuster in response to Sinema.
“It’s essentially an argument of saying, ‘Well why do anything at all, in case something in the future may change it,’” she began. “Political systems all across the country, I mean all across the world, pass legislation with majorities and they’re fine, and frankly, here’s the thing, is that Democratic legislation, once enacted, is popular. Republicans have tried to gut Social Security. They’ve tried to reverse the ACA. They’ve tried to claw back on legislation that has passed by simple majorities in the Senate, and they haven’t been able to because Democratic policies are popular, and once they are enacted, they are very politically difficult to undo.”
“And so you know, I do not believe in the defeatism of saying, ‘We will lose in the future, and that, this will automatically mean that anything we do now is going to be reversed, so we might as well not do anything now,’” she continued. “Our job is to legislate. Our job is to help people. Our job is to do as much as we can. And even if that’s the case, even if that is the case, wouldn’t it be better to get people health care and voting rights for three years instead of zero years, even if, even if you concede the point that I don’t even think is true in the first place.”
Indeed, if Democrats don’t get anything done their voters will not be energized in future elections. Americans put Democrats in charge to fix the nation’s biggest problems. Failing to do so would be worse for Democrats because they wouldn’t have a record to run on. It’s no wonder why many Americans believe there is no difference between the two parties.
AOC concluded by pointing out that Democratic lawmakers represent a larger segment of the population than Republicans do.
Here’s the video via Twitter:
“Our job is to legislate. Our job is to help people. Our job is to do as much as we can.” – @AOC today pic.twitter.com/eSruWoClkK
— Working Families Party 🐺 (@WorkingFamilies) June 27, 2021
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