President Joe Biden endorses a 'talking filibuster' to vary Senate rules

Under the so-called nuclear option within the Senate, an easy majority can change the principles by overturning a ruling by the chair and setting a replacement precedent.

President Joe Biden endorses a 'talking filibuster' to vary Senate rules
President Joe Biden endorses a 'talking filibuster' to vary Senate rules

President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he supports overhauling the Senate filibuster to need the minority to speak on the ground to dam legislation, endorsing a momentous change that some progressives say could help advance his agenda.

Biden said senators should need to "work for the filibuster" when ABC News' George Stephanopoulos asked him whether he will need to choose from preserving the 60-vote rule and advancing his agenda."I don't think that you simply need to eliminate the filibuster. you've got to try to to what it wont to be once I first need to the Senate back within the old days," Biden said in an interview published Tuesday evening. "And this is often — a filibuster, you had to face up and command the ground . You had to stay talking alone."

"Once you stop talking, you lost that, and someone could move in," he said.The shift falls in need of the complete abolition of the filibuster that a lot of progressives have involved . But it aligns with recent remarks by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., that it should be more "painful" to obstruct bills, and it's likely to spice up momentum for the thought among Democrats, who have 50 votes within the Senate.

Biden echoed some activists' concerns that the filibuster was grinding government to a halt."It's going to the purpose where democracy has a tough time functioning," he said.Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., gave a scorching floor speech against the filibuster Monday, saying it's "become the death grip of democracy.""Today's filibuster has turned the world's greatest deliberative body into one among the world's most ineffectual bodies," said Durbin, who backed a talking filibuster.

Earlier Tuesday, Senate legislator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., warned in stark terms that killing the filibuster would cause a "completely scorched-earth Senate" and compel the minority to tie the chamber in knots by denying consent required under standing rules for the foremost basic functioning of the Senate.“Let me say this very clearly for all 99 of my colleagues: Nobody serving during this chamber can even begin to imagine what a totally scorched-earth Senate would appear as if ," he said.

"This chaos wouldn't open up an express lane to liberal change. it might not open up an express lane for the Biden presidency to hurry into the history books. The Senate would be more sort of a hundred-car pile-up. Nothing moving," McConnell said.He added that when Republicans return to power, they might pass "all sorts of conservative policies with zero input from the opposite side" without a filibuster, like defunding Planned Parenthood, isolating sanctuary cities, restricting abortion and spending a "nationwide right-to-work law."

Under the so-called nuclear option within the Senate, an easy majority can change the principles by overturning a ruling by the chair and setting a replacement precedent. Democrats used the tool to scrap the 60-vote rule for many nominations in 2013, and Republicans, led by McConnell, used it to finish the 60-vote rule for Supreme Court nominations in 2017.A "talking filibuster" would require all 50 caucusing Democratic senators to vote to vary the principles it might found out a test of wills between a majority and an obstructing minority.

Under current rules, the onus is on the bulk to seek out 60 votes to advance legislation; if it falls short, it stalls. A talking filibuster would shift the onus to the minority to carry the ground and speak incessantly until it gives up or the bulk pulls the bill.On the left, activists say neutering the filibuster would move for legislation to overhaul voting rights, gun laws and therefore the immigration system, all of which are unlikely to realize 60 Senate votes.

"President Biden once more made it clear that he prioritizes his agenda and a functioning democracy over an abused 'Jim Crow relic' that clearly isn't promoting bipartisanship or compromise," said Eli Zupnick, a former Democratic aide who is leading a progressive coalition to finish the filibuster.In an interview, Durbin said his decision came because he believes McConnell's plan is to "shut down the Senate" and stop the bulk from governing.Joe Biden endorses a 'talking filibuster' to vary Senate rules

President Joe Biden said Tuesday that he supports overhauling the Senate filibuster to need the minority to speak on the ground to dam legislation, endorsing a momentous change that some progressives say could help advance his agenda.

Biden said senators should need to "work for the filibuster" when ABC News' George Stephanopoulos asked him whether he will need to choose from preserving the 60-vote rule and advancing his agenda."I don't think that you simply need to eliminate the filibuster. you've got to try to to what it wont to be once I first need to the Senate back within the old days," Biden said in an interview published Tuesday evening. "And this is often — a filibuster, you had to face up and command the ground . You had to stay talking alone."

"Once you stop talking, you lost that, and someone could move in," he said.The shift falls in need of the complete abolition of the filibuster that a lot of progressives have involved . But it aligns with recent remarks by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., that it should be more "painful" to obstruct bills, and it's likely to spice up momentum for the thought among Democrats, who have 50 votes within the Senate.

Biden echoed some activists' concerns that the filibuster was grinding government to a halt."It's going to the purpose where democracy has a tough time functioning," he said.Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., gave a scorching floor speech against the filibuster Monday, saying it's "become the death grip of democracy.""Today's filibuster has turned the world's greatest deliberative body into one among the world's most ineffectual bodies," said Durbin, who backed a talking filibuster.

Earlier Tuesday, Senate legislator Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., warned in stark terms that killing the filibuster would cause a "completely scorched-earth Senate" and compel the minority to tie the chamber in knots by denying consent required under standing rules for the foremost basic functioning of the Senate.“Let me say this very clearly for all 99 of my colleagues: Nobody serving during this chamber can even begin to imagine what a totally scorched-earth Senate would appear as if ," he said.

"This chaos wouldn't open up an express lane to liberal change. it might not open up an express lane for the Biden presidency to hurry into the history books. The Senate would be more sort of a hundred-car pile-up. Nothing moving," McConnell said.He added that when Republicans return to power, they might pass "all sorts of conservative policies with zero input from the opposite side" without a filibuster, like defunding Planned Parenthood, isolating sanctuary cities, restricting abortion and spending a "nationwide right-to-work law."

Under the so-called nuclear option within the Senate, an easy majority can change the principles by overturning a ruling by the chair and setting a replacement precedent. Democrats used the tool to scrap the 60-vote rule for many nominations in 2013, and Republicans, led by McConnell, used it to finish the 60-vote rule for Supreme Court nominations in 2017.A "talking filibuster" would require all 50 caucusing Democratic senators to vote to vary the principles it might found out a test of wills between a majority and an obstructing minority.

Under current rules, the onus is on the bulk to seek out 60 votes to advance legislation; if it falls short, it stalls. A talking filibuster would shift the onus to the minority to carry the ground and speak incessantly until it gives up or the bulk pulls the bill.On the left, activists say neutering the filibuster would move for legislation to overhaul voting rights, gun laws and therefore the immigration system, all of which are unlikely to realize 60 Senate votes.

"President Biden once more made it clear that he prioritizes his agenda and a functioning democracy over an abused 'Jim Crow relic' that clearly isn't promoting bipartisanship or compromise," said Eli Zupnick, a former Democratic aide who is leading a progressive coalition to finish the filibuster.In an interview, Durbin said his decision came because he believes McConnell's plan is to "shut down the Senate" and stop the bulk from governing.

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