Republicans threaten to take power if Democrats weaken filibuster


Senate Republicans are threatening to attempt to take control of the Senate agenda by forcing votes on issues ranging from the Keystone XL pipeline to abortion rules to a US-Mexico border wall if Democrats weaken systematic obstruction.

Republicans are also considering smaller bills such as a proposal to ban the administration from imposing an executive order ban on hydraulic fracturing, a ban on the IRS from implementing new bank reports. to disclose the banking activities of individuals and the compulsory detention of illegal immigrants who commit serious crimes. .

Republican Senate leaders said Monday they had a list of bills they would try to introduce under Article 14 and debate whether the Senate majority leader Charles schumerChuck SchumerClyburn on Election Law Update: “What is true today was not then then” Biden praises Reid as a fighter “for the America we all love “Like it or not, all the way forward for Democrats goes through Joe Manchin MORE (DN.Y.) brings together enough Democrats to lower the threshold for opening debate on a bill from 60 votes to 50.

“Since Senator Schumer is determined to try to break up the Senate, Republicans will show how this reckless action would have immediate consequences,” said the Senate Minority Leader. Mitch mcconnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell Lawmakers Take Stock of Election Laws Following Jan. 6 Anniversary Clyburn on Election Law Update: “What is true today was not true today. era “a real failure of the Republicans since the last elections MORE (R-Ky.) Said in a statement first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

senatorial minority whip John ThuneJohn Randolph Thune Lawmakers take stock of election laws following January 6 birthday Senatorial Minority Whip Thune, a close ally of McConnell, to run for office (RS.D.) said Republicans had a list of bills that Schumer would not wish to consider that could be passed by the House with the support of the entire GOP conference and one or two moderate Democrats such as Sen. Joe manchinJoe Manchin SALT change on ice in Senate Clyburn hits Manchin for arguing that voting rights vote must be bipartisan Lawmakers take stock of election laws following January 6 anniversary MORE (W.Va.) or Sen. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten Sinema Lawmakers take stock of election laws following the January 6 anniversary. (D-Arizona).

“We have a lot of bills, in fact, that have bipartisan support that Democrats have expressed support for before,” Thune said Monday afternoon.

Senate Republican No.2 said that if Democrats effectively lowered the procedural motion threshold to start debate on a 50-vote bill, it would allow Republicans to introduce legislation such as a bill. authorizing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline on the ground for a vote.

Two Democrats, Manchin and Sen. Jon testerJonathan (Jon) TesterSchumer steps up fight against filibuster ahead of January 6 anniversary Schumer promises Senate rules will change voting by January 17 if GOP blocks voting rights Democrats return with long PLUS to-do list (Montreal), voted in February an amendment to the budget reconciliation to resuscitate the Keystone XL project. The amendment was adopted by a 52-48 vote before being later withdrawn from the resolution.

While bills would still need 60 votes to pass final passage, lowering the threshold to start debate could pave the way for vulnerable Democrats like Sens. Raphael WarnockRaphael Warnock Democrats skeptical of McConnell’s offer to speak on Election Law Lawmakers discuss changes to counting law after January 6 Watch live: Schumer and Senate Democrats hold press conference MORE (Georgia.), Marc KellyMark KellyKelly Raises Nearly Million For Reelection Candidate The 10 Races That Will Decide Senate Majority Senate Democrats Call for Information on Retirement Home Boosters MORE (Arizona) and Maggie HassanMargaret (Maggie) HassanSchumer promises Senate rules will change voting by January 17 if GOP blocks voting rights Biden, lawmakers mourn Harry Reid The 10 races that will decide Senate majority MORE (NH) to a series of tough votes.

Thune said if the 60-vote threshold for allowing a vote on a motion to “disappear”, a variety of bipartisan bills “would be available to be called with a simple majority,” and there “could be some very hard votes. for Democrats.

“What they are talking about doing – we have said it before – is not without consequence, and they know it. They need to think long and hard… whether or not they want to take a path that allows Republicans to move points on our agenda to 51, ”he said.

The bills McConnell and Thune have in mind would have overwhelming Republican support and just enough support from the centrist Democrats to start a debate on the ground.

Even as Republicans call the legislation grounded without any Democratic backing, they say they could insist vulnerable incumbents like Warnock, Kelly and Hassan take tough votes.

McConnell’s office on Monday suggested more than a dozen bills that could be brought forward if Republicans lowered the voting threshold to pass legislation.

Other contenders for action include a proposal sponsored by Sen. Shelley moore capitoShelley Wellons Moore Capito Whether you like it or not, all the roads for Democrats to travel goes through Joe Manchin. (RW.Va.) to codify the Trump administration’s revised US waters rule, which the Biden administration said in November it would remove.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers announced in November the reinstatement of an Obama-era rule increasing the number of waterways protected under the Clean Water Act.

Another proposal sponsored by Sen. Marco rubioMarco Antonio Rubio Democrats must close the perception gap Tesla criticized for opening a showroom in China’s Xinjiang Province Will Putin sink Biden? FOLLOWING (R-Fla.) Would prevent money earmarked under the CARES 2020 law or the 2021 US bailout from going to public elementary and secondary schools that are not open to in-person learning.

A third proposal sponsored by Sens. Thom tillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisBiden’s court picks face fierce opposition from the GOP 10 races that will decide Senate majority North Carolina Democrat Jeff Jackson drops out of Senate race MORE (RN.C.), John cornynJohn CornynSenate Minority Whip Thune, McConnell’s close ally, will run for office In their own words: lawmakers, staff remember the January 6 insurgency. (R-Texas) and Tom’s CottonTom Bryant Cotton Will Putin Sink Biden? Top 10 Republicans Most Likely to Run for President GOP steps up flirtation with Manchin MORE (R-Ark.) Would ban the Justice Department from paying compensation to illegal immigrants detained at the US-Mexico border.

President BidenJoe Biden Australia accepts 0.5 billion tank deal with US: Jim Jordan report rejects Jan 6 panel request to cooperate with Senate Ice Change SALT inquiry MORE in November, dismissed reports that his administration was compensating families separated at the border with up to $ 450,000 in damages as “trash”.


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