Pressure Goes Up On The President To Take On The Filibuster

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : March 8, 2021

Pressure is now building on the President Biden, who is a long-time backer of these traditional Washington rules, it is difficult for him to do away with this filibuster issue. It also involves other such procedures as the Democrats are pressing him to seize this fleeting moment of power for enacting his agenda.

Pressure Goes Up On The President To Take On The Filibuster

The liberals have always pushed long for these sweeping changes like expanding of the Supreme Court, ending of the electoral college system, and banning these gerrymandering. But when Biden is facing a critical stretch in his presidency, even the moderate Democrats have started urging the more immediate changes, particularly in terms of rewriting the filibuster, which would, at the very least, these bills would require a minimum of 60 votes to pass in the Senate.

Pressure Goes Up On The President To Take On The Filibuster

Democrats have started increasingly worrying about the popular pieces of the Biden’s agenda that will hit a wall due to the lesser majority in the Senate, which includes his plans for immigration, climate change, voting rights, LGBT protections and  gun control. Failing to enact these laws, they fear, this could turn out to be a political disaster for the Democrats.

A centrist, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) has said on Wednesday that she wants the party to get rid of these filibusters in her toughest comments on the matter to the date. Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.), on Thursday, had announced through social media that she now also wants to abolish these filibusters, since she said the more she thinks about the matter, the more she realises that these filibusters have since long become the enemy of the much-wanted progress.

A moderate, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) had told the news blog that he could see the Senate would be changing these filibuster if they found the bills to be floundering. We have to figure out if leadership from both sides wants to have this obstruction or if both of them want to come together irrespective of their political agenda and try to get some of these things done as said by Tester.

For a moment, the Democrats do not have enough votes for fully abolishing the filibuster, that allows the senator to block this bill by refusing  completely to yield the floor unless and until at least 60 of the senators have overruled the speaker. Some of the Democrats like Sen. Joe Manchin III (W.Va.), had opposed to repeal. He said “Never!” at the journalist who asked him the question regarding the filibuster. So all advocates are looking for various ways to limit this filibuster instead of trying ending it and everyone is hoping that Biden weighs in.

There was a warning released by the Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) that if the Democrats fail to pass in this popular agenda due to the arcane of Senate rules, the party will be going to suffer in the upcoming midterm elections. This will be the Democratic Party on Armageddon in 2022 if they are going to sit here in this place and say to the people that they are sorry or not as determined as the Republicans were in getting their agenda passed as was said by Merkley, who was spearheading the overhaul effort.

This was the same party who wanted to change the Senate rules when it had to lose a vote, pull up the Supreme Court when the party was losing a case and pull out every electoral college every time it would lose the White House. Now it forcibly wants to rewrite the election laws of the 50 states from Washington. This was told by Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader, on the Senate floor, as trying to cover up in the Senate for the Republicans who failed to hide his agitation.

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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