Sanders Rips GOP for Remaining ‘Loyal to the Big Lie,’ Says Filibuster Must Be Abolished
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“It is a disgrace that at a time when authoritarianism, conspiracy theories, and political violence are on the rise, not a single Republican in the United States Senate has the courage to even debate whether we should protect American democracy or not,” Sanders said in a statement. “Meanwhile, in state houses and governor’s mansions across the country, Republicans are shamefully working overtime to make it harder for poor people, people of color, young people, and people with disabilities to participate in the American democratic system.”
Every member of the Senate Democratic caucus—including Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), the only Senate Democrat who has not co-sponsored the For the People Act—voted in favor of moving forward with debate on the bill Tuesday. But under current Senate rules, which Manchin and other conservative Democrats have refused to touch, a 60-vote supermajority is required to overcome a filibuster, effectively giving the Republican minority veto power.
Further spotlighting the undemocratic nature of the upper chamber, data shows that the 50 members of the Senate Democratic caucus represent 43 million more people than the 50 Republicans in the Senate.
Following Tuesday’s vote, Sanders said that “there’s no issue in front of us right now that is more critical for the future of our country than protecting the fundamental right of every American to vote. “If we are serious about calling ourselves a democracy we must make it easier for people to participate, not harder,” the Vermont senator continued. “Now is the time for majority rule in the Senate. We must end the filibuster, pass sweeping voting rights legislation, and protect our democracy.”
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June 25, 2021 at 9:03 AM #431401
June 25, 2021 at 12:34 PM #431431djean111Participant
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This is why, @enthusiast , Bernie is not president. IMO, that article reads like satire. Both parties are busily working against the people.
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June 25, 2021 at 12:42 PM #431433Ohio BarbarianModerator
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Those who think there is one are deluding themselves. It’s factually not true.
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June 25, 2021 at 3:07 PM #431472
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