Stacey Abrams explained to the Democrats and everyone else why the Senate Democrats have the constitutional power to exempt voting laws from the filibuster.
Stacey Abrams uses the constitution to explain why voting legislation should be exempt from the filibuster. #SOTU pic.twitter.com/lcbdxdwp1A
– Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) March 14, 2021
Abrams said when asked about the filibuster on CNN’s State Of The Union:
I don’t think it is necessary to completely eliminate the filibuster to achieve the purposes of passing these invoices. The electoral clause in the constitution guarantees that Congress alone has the power to regulate the time, type and place of elections. It is a sacrosanct force.
In this country we see individual lawmakers trying to use the big lie to restrict access to voting. And just like we’ve seen an exception engraved in the filibuster rules for judicial appointments, cabinet appointments, and budget voting, protecting our democracy, especially after the January 6 uprising with its lingering waves, calls for the whole of the United States Senate recognizes that protecting democracy is so fundamental that it should be exempted from filibuster rules. We encourage everyone to go to fairfight.com to find out more.
It’s not that complicated. Democrats can keep the filibuster but exempt voting rights bills from it. Moderates like Joe Manchin have already signaled that they support changing the rules but are not exempting the filibuster.
Senate Democrats must choose between an arcane and racist Senate rule or allow Republicans to rig elections by suppressing voters.
Schumer wants to set the trap and prove to his caucus that the Republicans will never work with them. So expect the Senate to pass laws filibustering Republicans because Democrats know the filibuster needs to be changed.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior 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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