In typical political fashion, the mud slinging is in full swing. The top Republican in the Senate on Wednesday blasted a sweeping election reform bill passed by the Democrat-led House of Representatives earlier this month as a “partisan power grab” while the top Democrat accused Republicans of reverting to “Jim Crow” laws.
The election reform bill is nothing more than an attempt to secure Democrat victories across the country from this point forward. It removes some powers from the states which constitutionally have the right to pass and enforce their own voting standards. It changes voting procedures and requires states to turn over the redrawing congressional district lines to independent commissions.
Democrats say it is necessary to overcome Republican efforts to make voting across the country harder but Republicans argue it is a rigged bill.
“This is clearly an effort by one party to rewrite the rules of the political system,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said at the start of a rules committee hearing. “We should be finding ways to rebuild trust, not destroy it further. That’s exactly what a partisan power grab would guarantee.”
The House-passed bill faces an uphill battle in the 50-50 Senate, where Democrats hold the majority by virtue of Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote, but most legislation needs 60 votes to pass.
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Some Senate Democrats argue that it is time to eliminate or pare back the 60-vote rule – known as the filibuster – to allow legislation to pass with a simple majority, as it is in the House.
Independent Senator Angus King of Maine, who caucuses with Democrats, indicated on Wednesday that he would back changing the filibuster if Republicans block the voting rights legislation.
“All-out opposition to reasonable voting rights protections cannot be enabled by the filibuster,” King wrote in the Washington Post. “If forced to choose between a Senate rule and democracy itself, I know where I will come down.”
However, other Democrats, including Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, say they oppose changing the rule. Manchin is also the only Senate Democrat who has not co-sponsored the voting rights bill.
On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Republican efforts to restrict voting smacked of “Jim Crow” era laws adopted by some states designed to disenfranchise blacks, which remained on the books until the mid-20th century.
“Instead of doing what they should be doing when you lose an election in a democracy – attempting to win over those voters in the next election – Republicans instead are trying to disenfranchise those voters,” Schumer said.
In the end, there is nothing short of a coup going on with all three branches in Democrat control. Between Biden’s unprecedented executive orders and spending bills in the trillions loaded with pork and fundamental policy change, our country is well on it’s way to becoming unrecognizable.
If the Senate Dems remove the filibuster, you can kiss free America goodbye.
ARTICLE SOURCE: thefederalistpapers.org