Congressional Democrats are signaling that they have learned their lesson from the Obama years and will not allow Republicans to waste time and stifle Biden.
EJ Dionne wrote in the Washington Post:
The 2009-2010 example comes up again and again in discussions with Democrats. “We have to learn from this experience in an even more pressing crisis,” said Rep. Katherine M. Clark (D-Mass.), The House Deputy Speaker, in an interview.
This means being ready to move quickly to the so-called reconciliation process, which would allow a simple majority in the Senate to achieve economic relief.
“We should give the Senate Republicans very little time to signal whether they want to be partners in moving the country forward or whether they intend to be obstructionists,” Van Hollen said. “And the early signal is that they are going back to their obstructive mode.”
Democrats will not allow the Republican Party to waste valuable time by blocking and obstructing Joe Biden. Schumer’s threat to destroy or weaken the filibuster is real. In addition to a big vote, there are many ways to get rid of the filibuster. The strategy of death through a thousand obstacles is particularly attractive.
Every time McConnell uses the Filibuster to block a bill, the Democrats respond by weakening the Filibuster. The more McConnell hinders, the weaker the filibuster becomes overall. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin and a few others want to keep the filibuster, but they have no opposition to weakening it.
The brilliance of this strategy is that it keeps the Democrats on board and directly punishes Mitch McConnel for any abuse of power.
The general point is that Senate Democrats have learned their lesson.
Democrats are in the majority to get things done, and they won’t let Mitch McConnell stop them.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Executive Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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