Mitch McConnell: “It’s pretty safe to say this is the biggest day in the history of the Senate”
Senate majority Leader Chuck Schumer has officially lost the plot. There is no way on earth that Schumer honestly believes that “our democracy is under attack.” Treating the Democrat power grab to nationalize elections as some kind of race-based “voting rights” crisis is the sort of subterfuge and political lie the left spins best. But it is a lie.
Happily, the U.S. Senate is working as intended and on Wednesday shot down the radical left’s latest attempt to destroy it.
The first thing up was the vote on the Democrats’ federal takeover of elections. Senate rules require 60 votes to pass this bill. The vote failed largely along party lines 51-49.
With a 49-51 vote, Senate Democrats failed to break the GOP filibuster of voting legislation in order to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. https://t.co/zZ7SS0QMD5 pic.twitter.com/RRDewyvHal
— The Hill (@thehill) January 20, 2022
Though all 50 Democrats supported the voting rights bill, all 50 Republicans held together in opposition, leaving Democrats 10 votes short of the 60 needed to break the filibuster. The final vote was 51 to 49, with Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the majority leader, voting with opponents in a maneuver aimed at allowing the measure to be reconsidered later.
After that, a bid to change the filibuster rules to allow them to cram through their scheme to override Constitutional states’ rights regarding elections on a simple majority vote was shot down in short order.
The vote was 52-48, with both Sens. Manchin and Sinema voting against it, as they have been saying they will for months (and in Manchin’s case, years).
And there it is: the vote to change the filibuster rules for this legislation fails 52-48 pic.twitter.com/a1qXxHZPwP
— Grace Panetta (@grace_panetta) January 20, 2022
Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) then moved to reconsider the legislation to propose a rules change allowing for the bill’s advancement with a simple majority of 51 votes. The Senate rejected that maneuver 52 to 48, with two Democrats, Joe Manchin III (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), joining all 50 Republicans in opposition.
Presumably, Schumer fantasized that Manchin and Sinema, who both voted for the federal takeover of elections, would now vote to destroy the filibuster in order to get their way. They did not. Expectedly.
The late-evening vote amounted to a bitter but unsurprising finale for the Democratic voting rights effort on Capitol Hill, a campaign backed by top party leaders and pushed by key elements of its coalition even as Manchin and Sinema repeatedly made clear they would not weaken the 60-vote rule, defending it as a tool to protect minority-party rights and promote bipartisanship in U.S. democracy.
But Schumer and other top Democrats were determined to push forward with a floor confrontation regardless, even as it promised to expose bitter divisions inside their own party rather than amplify a GOP blockade that they have described as an existential threat to democracy.
Following the final nail in the Biden agenda’s coffin, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell astutely noted the import of protecting the filibuster no matter who is in the White House.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday defended the Senate’s rule and said that Republicans would continue their track record of upholding the legislative filibuster, which he called the “essence of the Senate,” the next time they’re in the majority. “It’s pretty safe to say this is the biggest day in the history of the Senate,” McConnell said. The Kentucky Republican, without naming them, congratulated Manchin and Sinema for their “courage” and bearing in mind “that in the very near future the shoe might be on the other foot.”
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