In the years since, the party’s debts to its coalition have only mounted. Among other things, Joe Biden enters office having promised to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, enact a wide array of collective-bargaining reforms, pass a new voting rights act, grant statehood to Washington, D.C., and put the U.S. on a path to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
But he will do none of this unless all 50 Senate Democrats agree to abolish the legislative filibuster.
Multiple members of Chuck Schumer’s caucus have said they are committed to preserving the Senate’s de facto 60-vote requirement on major legislation. West Virginia senator Joe Manchin said on Fox News in November, “I commit to you tonight, and I commit to all of your viewers and everyone else that’s watching … I will not vote to end the filibuster.”
Some dispirited liberals took Manchin at his word. Senate Republicans did not.
Back during times I still watched MSNBC (pre-2016), one of the rare actually valuable Maddow segments had some statistics and graphs showing how often the filibuster had been used pre-Mitch and during the Time of Mitch. It was impressive; It did skyrocket during Mitch’s years of Obama-blocking.