Tag: Filibuster Rule

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U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), has probably won higher praise from Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) than he’s bestowed on any of his estimable first-term GOP colleagues. Newly-elected US Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) was sworn into the Senate by then-VP Mike Pence in 2019. She previously served six years in the US House. Preview […]

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Senate Democrats’ Latest Filibuster Idea: An Update

 

Yesterday, I opined on the latest idea percolating among US Senate Democrats to get their partisan power grab on steroids – federalizing election rules in apparent violation of the US Constitution – through the Senate and on the President’s desk.

They focused on what Senate insiders call the “two-speech rule,” limiting every Senator to speaking twice on any question during a legislative day.

A Brief Observation on Anti-lynching Laws

 

Senator Tim Scott Even after Senator Tim Scott got Mitch McConnell to agree in advance to allow 20 Democrat amendments to his police reform bill, which included an anti-lynching portion, the Democrats killed the bill by filibuster. Now, if you have been paying a bit of attention to history, this might sound familiar. Yes, indeed, there is a long and ugly history, in the Progressive Era, of Democrat senators filibustering anti-lynching laws every time they came to the Senate floor, and of the Republican leaders not changing the rule to stop this facilitation of race-based political terrorism. Meet the new Senate, same as the old Senate.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, states and local governments controlled by white supremacist Democrats blocked blacks from serving on juries and reliability acquitted white men if officials even felt a need to hold a trial over the killing of a black man. The original intent of federal anti-lynching laws was to bypass white supremacist controlled state and local governments, stopping them from providing legal cover, from holding occasional trials of white killers of black men and always acquitting them. It was the norm in segregated states to pervert justice in this way. The point now is some sort of symbolism, as current federal civil rights law already provides ways to prosecute and no jurisdiction has anything like the poisonous conditions of Jim Crow.

Still, this legislation had been revived by Senator Tim Scott and supposed by Democratic Senators Harris and Booker in 2018. Now, they refuse to even allow debate on such a bill. Senator Scott calls them all on their real reason for not letting the bill be debated on the merits: naked electoral politics.

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The budget deal gives the Republicans increased spending for the military and it also gives the Democrats increased spending for welfare programs they favor.  Together, the two parties will cause this year’s budget deficit to exceed a trillion dollars. Republicans, who hold the current majority in both houses of Congress and the Presidency, justify the […]

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It’s starting to look as though Obamacare will not be repealed during the next two years. Why? Current Senate rules require 60 votes to end a filibuster on repeal legislation. The Republicans are likely to have 52 Senate seats after Louisiana holds its runoff election in December. Sure, the Republican in the Senate could use […]

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This month there was a Pew Research opinion poll (see story at Hot Air) that showed the new “Republican controlled” Congress was viewed by about 60% of Republicans as not representing their views on the key issues of federal spending, illegal immigration and SSM. The results were abysmal in comparison to the approval rating for […]

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