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McConnell Accuses Democrats of "Power Grab" by Pushing for Voting Rights

McConnell Accuses Democrats of

"So it's being abused in a enormous way".

President Joe Biden said on Thursday he is convinced he will be able to stop voting rights restrictions, which he called "sick" and "un-American", as Republicans across the country seek to impose such limits following the 2020 election.

"We do need to get to a place where it is not so easy to block progress, because the American people need us to act", Harris told reporters Friday.

After calling it a relic of the Jim Crow era, Biden was asked about abolishing it as president.

"Are you anxious that if you don't manage to pass voting rights legislation, that your party is going to lose seats and possibly lose control of the House and the Senate in 2022?" the reporter asked Biden. And that is that it used to be required for the filibuster- and I had a card on this.

Algara also said he thinks there is less risk for most Democrats in gutting the filibuster in order to advance their priorities.

"So, I strongly support moving in that direction".

"I'm convinced that we will be able to stop this because it is the most pernicious thing", he said at his first formal news conference since taking office on January 20. That whole time. Last year, alone, there were five times that many.

At this point, Biden dropped all pretense of bipartisanship in the name of ramming through his agenda.

"If we have to, if there's complete lockdown and chaos as a sequence to the filibuster, then we'll have to go beyond what I'm talking about". I want to get them done consistent with what we promised the American people. I have never been particularly poor and calculated how to get things done in the United States Senate.

Joe Biden speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House Thursday
Joe Biden spoke during a news conference in the East Room of the White House Thursday

Biden agreed, prompting Collins to ask, "Why not abolish it if it's a relic of the Jim Crow era?"

"If we can end it with 51, we'd have no problem - the existing rule, it's going to be hard to get a parliamentary ruling that allows 50 votes to end the existence of a filibuster", Biden said.

But with Biden speaking favorably of a possible filibuster change, after the White House had frequently demurred on the subject, seeing it as an issue for the Senate to decide, could represent a significant shift. "It's been abused from the time it came into being by an extreme way in the last 20 years".

In response to Biden's strongest endorsement to date of filibuster reform, Battle Born Collective executive director Adam Jentleson, who previously served as a staffer for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), applauded the president in a statement. "Let's deal with the abuse first". He also defended the Hyde Amendment - which prevents pro-life taxpayers from funding abortion, something many of them consider to be murder.

Biden's remarks at the press conference contradicted his position on nixing the filibuster when he was a senator.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) skewered Biden for threatening to nuke the filibuster. "It's sick. It's sick", the president said on Thursday at his first formal press conference since taking office 64 days ago.

The legacy media should take notice.

Manchin, who has been in the Senate for the past decade, has remained opposed to blowing up the filibuster to push Democratic priorities through while the party holds majorities in the House and Senate and controls the White house.

Tyler O'Neil is the author of Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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