Saturday, May 22, 2021

Instead of praying, Senator Manchin, get rid of the filibuster

As a bill to establish a commission to investigate the storming of the US Capitol on 6 January 2021 goes from the House of Representatives to the Senate, Senate Republicans have threatened to filibuster it, so 10 Republican Senators would have to vote for the bill for it to pass. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, "one of the filibuster’s strongest supporters in the Democratic Party", told Politico: "I’m still praying we’ve still got 10 good solid patriots" among the Republican Senators. It's almost as if he's sending out the proverbial "thoughts and prayers" to his Republican colleagues; instead, he should drop his resistance to getting rid of the filibuster. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 22 May 2021)



Senator Joe Manchin in an anti-NRA ad, 2013

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