Democrats put down Mitch McConnell’s attempt to protect the filibuster under the Senate Power-Sharing Agreement. McConnell (R-Ky.) Wanted Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) to include filibuster protection in any agreements they make to organize the evenly split Senate.
“We won’t give him what he wants. If you did that, there would be only one unbridled use. I don’t mean anything that is holding him back, ”said Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), The second most powerful Democrat in the Senate.
McConnell had asked for an assurance that the so-called “nuclear option” would not be used, which would allow the Senate rules to be changed by a simple majority.
“It is unclear whether an alternative to written protection of the filibuster, such as a handshake agreement between Schumer and McConnell or a speech by Schumer, could satisfy both sides and get the talks going again. The Democrats are about to make their first caucus call since taking a majority on Thursday, ”The Hill reported.
Senate Republicans invoked the nuclear option in 2017 to remove an exemption imposed by the former Democratic Senate to allow majority votes on all matters except Supreme Court nominations to expedite the verification process for Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch.
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