Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is so desperate to keep the filibuster intact that he falsely accused Democrats of attacking democracy if they change the rules, drawing fierce backlash in response.
Senate Democrats are seriously considering changing filibuster rules in an effort to pass critical voting rights legislation that would nullify Republican voter suppression schemes in red states across the nation.
The filibuster requires 60 votes to break, and there simply just are not ten Republicans who have the spine to defend voting rights. By changing the filibuster rules, however, all that would be necessary is a simple majority vote to pass the bill.
Of course, Republicans oppose changes to the filibuster rule because they like using it to kill popular pieces of legislation, especially legislation that would prevent them from rigging elections in their favor, which they have been trying to do in response to Donald Trump’s 2020 Election loss.
As Senate Democrats seek to end the deadlock that has plagued the chamber for years, McConnell tried fearmongering on Twitter.
If Democrats blow up Senate rules, millions of Americans will cease to have a voice in the Senate. Entire states would be shut out.
Top Dems have floated breaking the rules for years now. This isn’t about new voting laws. It’s about silencing voters who inconvenience Democrats.
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) January 10, 2022
The filibuster is not mentioned anywhere in the Constitution. In fact, bills were passed by simple majority vote for decades until conservatives introduced the filibuster rule to prevent Congress from passing anti-slavery laws. The filibuster has been used ever since, especially by Republicans over the last decade, to sabotage popular policy reforms.
Responses to McConnell’s post buried him with his own hypocrisy and the fact that Republicans tried to overthrow democracy last year on January 6th to nullify the votes of 81 million Americans.
This you? pic.twitter.com/MmXnTofMaC
— Double_Anarchy (@Double_Anarchy3) January 10, 2022
Merrick Garland sends his regards
— Noble Prize in Sarcasm (@rewegreatyet) January 10, 2022
Voting isn’t how we lose our voice, it’s suppression and gerrymandering we lose our voice.
— Denise Wu (@denisewu) January 10, 2022
Mitch McConnell admits millions of Americans do not have a voice when it comes to Supreme Court Justice confirmations.
— Paul 👻 (@pablo_honey1) January 10, 2022
This is not true. All Americans will still have a senator and thus will have a voice; those senators may not get their way, but that is how a republic works.
— Frank Lynch (@FLynch2020) January 10, 2022
Isn’t you’re party trying to make sure many Americans don’t have the right to vote?
— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) January 10, 2022
— Mutt Jones (@muttjonez) January 10, 2022
The filibuster has been abused by Republicans for too long to subvert the will of the people. Getting rid of it and passing the voting rights legislation will give more Americans a voice in our democracy, not less. The tyranny of the minority must end.
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