Top Senate Republican warns of 'scorched earth' response if Democrats dump filibuster


Asked if he was for bringing back the "talking filibuster", Biden said, "I am".

Yet the legislative victors insist - again this session - that voting reforms are needed.

Republicans and Mr McConnell then escalated the process by eliminating the filibuster for Supreme Court justices, smoothing confirmation of President Donald Trump's three high court nominees.

Mr Biden told USA broadcaster ABC News on Tuesday: "I don't think that you have to eliminate the filibuster, you have to do to it what it used to be when I first got to the Senate back in the old days".

But it's a provision that stands a good chance of becoming law because of the support from top Republican officials who back a more objective way of verifying the voter's identity than the current method of matching signatures county's keep on file with absentee ballots. You could flip that to say that unless 41 senators insist on the talking to continue, the debate is over.

"You've got to work for the filibuster", he added. "It's nearly getting to the point where democracy is having a hard time functioning". "Nothing moving", McConnell said.

In a telling sign, Republican Senator Roger Wicker of MS on Twitter lauded the $28.6 billion in aid to restaurants after the bill passed even though he voted against it. "Even the most basic aspects of our colleagues' agenda, the most mundane tasks of the Biden presidency would actually be harder - not easier - for Democrats in a post-nuclear Senate". They have said the move may be necessary to pass measures, including a House of Representatives-approved bill meant to make it easier to vote and other priorities of President Biden.

Three recent national polls showed that Republicans who voted for Trump were far more reluctant to get vaccinated than Democrats who supported Biden.

Biden has long said that he wanted to preserve the filibuster. In the mid-twentieth century, they have used it to stall civil rights legislation.

Supporters of the process say it protects the rights of the party not in power, but detractors argue it is being used to block popular bills.

Many Democrats, anxious that the filibuster could hold up major agenda items such as voting rights and immigration reform, have pressured Democrats to use their majority to eliminate the filibuster or alter the rules.

At least two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, have signalled their objections, but there may be more.

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Davnie says he expects a vote on Democrats' proposal early next week in the Minnesota House.

In the coming weeks, the Senate will be put to the test.

However, Manchin also said he hopes to get to the point of working in a bipartisan manner so that 10 or 15 Republicans will be willing to work with Democrats on legislation. The Senate would be more like a 100-car pileup.

During an interview with ABC News, President Biden told migrants not to come to the United States as a surge of migrants threatens to overwhelm the border in the opening months of his term, but his language on the campaign trail and reversal of Trump-era policies have created a mixed message.

"Give me a break".

The Republican response to Biden's relief package may be different, Schiliro said, in part because of the grim reality of the pandemic's impact in a country whose COVID-19 death tally leads the world. "I am going to try really hard to find a path forward that doesn't require removing what's left of the structural guardrails, but if there's a Biden administration, it will be inheriting a mess, at home and overseas". One thing that getting rid of the filibuster rule would accomplish would be to force senators to physically be on the floor.

The sweeping immigration measure also faces a rocky road in the House, Durbin said.

"To switch the lights on before noon, to start with a garden-variety floor address, to dispense with the reading of a lengthy legislative document, to schedule committee business, to transfer even non-controversial candidates at something other than a snail's pace", he explained.

Changes to the filibuster have been underway for a decade, an escalating procedural arms race alongside the nation's rising partisanship.

But he warned Democrats were determined to overcome Republican opposition, saying all options were on the table.

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