Former Senator Al Franken said he had spoken to his former colleagues and he predicted that the Democrats will pass new voting laws in response to the repression of Georgia’s voters.
Former Senator Al Franken said the new bills to suppress voters in Georgia were so bad that the Democrats would reform the filibuster and pass the voting laws. pic.twitter.com/mUntGTOvVQ
– Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) March 26, 2021
Franken said on MSNBC:
Three things that I think will make them happen. First, we will adopt a version of S.1 and the HR house bill. 1 and HR.4 and pre-approval and some federal agencies – because this is so bad and everyone knows it. And to do that, we have to do something about the filibuster. First off, we can do something where you lower the threshold to 51 when voting, such as: B. a spin-off. And that makes a lot of sense. This is fundamental to our democracy.
And then, as you mentioned, reform the filibuster. Joe Manchin has said he doesn’t want to get rid of the filibuster, but he’s open to reforming it. And I’ve talked about it with my former colleagues, and I think it’s possible. And Norm Ornstein and I figured out how to do it a few years ago. Basically you have to get 60 votes to break a filibuster, you have to get 41 votes to keep a filibuster going, in this case the Republicans, and they have to be on the ground to do that. And then they’d have to do a talking filibuster, which means they’d have to discuss it. And believe me, I know – I know my colleagues, they don’t want to have to be there in the middle of the night. This will get old very quickly. It can be done.
Senators don’t want to lie on the floor all night because Ted Cruz wants to make a point. Many of the senators in the Republican caucus are older and don’t want to stay 24 or 48 to block the legislation. The whole point is not to make the filibuster easy. If Republicans want filibusters, they have to work hard.
Every single Democrat, including Senator Manchin, approves the filibuster reform. What the former Senator Franken set out is exactly what is likely to happen.
Democrats will not sit back and allow Republicans to rig elections. Georgia Republicans may have sealed the fate of the GOP with their electoral repression laws.
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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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