McConnell Hits Back on Democrat Threats to Filibuster

Mitch McConnell (R-KY) outlined his plan to force tough votes on GOP sponsored bills if Democrats make changes to the current longstanding filibuster rule. Some of those votes include blocking vaccine mandates, prohibit federal grants for “sanctuary cities”, and other subjects intended to be tough to swallow for vulnerable Democrats.

According to The Hill:

McConnell, speaking from the Senate floor, argued that changing the requirement that most legislation needs 60 votes to advance would “silence the voices of millions and millions of Americans” represented by GOP senators.

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“We will make their voices heard in this chamber in ways that are more inconvenient for the majority and this White House than what anybody has seen in living memory,” McConnell said.

“What would a post-nuclear Senate look like? I assure you it would not be more efficient or more productive. I personally guarantee it,” he added.

The Senate operates throughout the day on unanimous consent — meaning deals that have buy-in from the entire chamber. But McConnell warned that Republicans would be willing to block those routine agreements, making it more painful for Democrats to accomplish day-to-day steps like setting the schedule or allowing committee meetings.

“Do my colleagues understand how many times per day the Senate needs and get unanimous consent for basic housekeeping? Do they understand how many things would require roll-call votes, how often the minority could demand lengthy debate? Our colleagues who are itching for a procedural nuclear winter have not even begun to contemplate how it would look,” McConnell said.

“If the Democratic leader tries to shut millions of Americans and entire states out of the business of governing, the operations of this body will change. Oh yes, that much is true. But not in a way that rewards the rule-breakers. Not in ways that advantage this president, this majority or their party,” he added.

Democrats would need all 50 members on board to change the rule without any GOP support, something they do not currently have. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) have both voiced support for the 60-vote filibuster currently in place. Manchin emphasized his support for the rule Tuesday morning ahead of Biden’s Atlanta speech to endorse the change.

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Bill
Bill
8 months ago

Too little, too late. When they force the voting law through, the nation is destroyed. McConnell should just be honest and admit he will “make a deal” as usual and give Schumer everything he wants.

katherine
katherine
8 months ago
Reply to  Bill

I hope not. This Nation needs our election process to be etched in granite….one person, one vote, one day.

John Nixon
John Nixon
8 months ago

Senator, it is good to hear your position. The democrats think they can ramrod anything through the house and Senate.
A quiet and efficient voice is good to hear.
Thank you.
JTN

RedState
RedState
8 months ago

When did Turtle ever ooo-eee HIT BACK!
His back is what he rolls over on.

William Petite
William Petite
8 months ago

I don’t trust McConnell, at all, and have little trust for any in the Republican Party. There is so much cleanup to be done in Washinton, some need to be put on trial, action needs to be taken against some Corp. Others should be in jail. They can start with the Biden Clan, and Pelosi, etc. I don’t see anything even close to that happening. We have judges on the Supreme Court, that lie and mislead the public, their rulings effect the whole country. Washingtons stench comes from all the corruption, worse than a cesspool.

katherine
katherine
8 months ago
Reply to  William Petite

I don’t see things happening along those lines either! I was putting my hope in Trump being able to clear out people like Pelosi who’s turning into petrified wood before our very eyes! I suppose even “Christians” can be as vile as that woman is. I feel bad for God when he deals with her destination.

Jawad
Jawad
8 months ago

Yeah yeah yeah…another ‘red line’ in the sand. I’m from Missouri: you just hafta SHOW ME, Mitch-o.

katherine
katherine
8 months ago
Reply to  Jawad

I agree. Having lived in St. Louis for 50+ years I’ve come to have a need to see things also! I’ve developed more of a cautious attitude when it comes to overly self-assured people and their “too good to be true” plans. This is America and it needs to be respected……millions of us depend upon our government to work FOR us not AGAINST us.

AllNotWell
AllNotWell
8 months ago

USA ESPECIALLY KY CITIZENS remember MCCONNELL voted FOR BIDEN’S BUILD BACK BETTER Bill which has caused HYPERINFLATION OF ALL OUR DAILY COSTS TO SUPPLY OUR NEEDS—FOOD, ENERGY, GAS SHELTER AND HEALTHCARE COSTS. VOTE HIM OUT OR BETTER YET RECALL HIM.

katherine
katherine
8 months ago

The GOP should already have plans to block whatever upcoming and ongoing legislature bills that are up for consideration. Those are the ones re mandates, sanctuary city grants, and other obtrusive bills which the Democrat-controlled-Congress has up its sleeve.

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