You’ve probably been hearing a lot about the filibuster these days. But here’s one thing about this old Senate rule you might not know: the filibuster actually violates the Constitution.
The most striking aspect of our current generation is the complete dysfunction of its politicians who cannot really confront the reality coming upon them. This feeble bill at a moment of the onset of catastrophe barely registers as a response and yet is all that the political system can come up with.
Sen. Bernie Sanders slammed Republicans for complaining about Democrats’ use of budget reconciliation, noting that the GOP recently used the same process to force through massive tax cuts for the rich.
I’m proud of Texas Democrats for once again showing Washington what it looks like to fight for our democracy and voting rights.
It’s time for Congress and the White House to follow their lead.
End the filibuster. Protect voting rights. https://t.co/CmJC77a72j
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) July 12, 2021
On a 50-50 vote along strict party lines, the US Senate has failed to override a Republican filibuster of the voting rights act. Every single Republican voted to keep the bill off the floor, includ…
With Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders leading the push for an ambitious package, Democrats in the upper chamber are reportedly considering a $6 trillion infrastructure bill as bipartisan negotiations continue to produce proposals that fall short of what experts say is needed to combat the climate emergency and rebuild the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges, and water systems.
…but to recognize that having a Senate was a choice made to deter progressive change and to maintain elite privilege. And that continuing to have a Senate at all is a choice, and one that continues to enable the racist, sexist and elitist structure of the United States.
The entire Florida Senate will now vote on the bill. On Friday, state Senate Minority Leader Gary Farmer (D-34) told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that the bill “is so broadly worded, so badly defined, so potentially harmful to the right of free speech that… you could have peaceful protesters prosecuted simply for being present while someone near them… breaks the law.”
“If you were writing a Dickensian novel, it would be about millions of desperately poor people being promised a $15 starvation wage, and then watching their millionaire senators tell them that a parliamentary adviser in the palace said no.”
Nothing is certain yet, but we may be gearing up for what amounts to a Biden-McConnell coalition government. The Left will be up against a split government composed of two parties bent on pushing austerity and war.