West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, in an interview with the NYTimes, indicated a willingness to do something he had campaigned against in 2020–reform the Senate filibuster.
It should be pointed out that it was former Nevada Senator Harry Reid who eliminated the filibuster for executive branch nominees, only to have his party then whimper and complain years later when the same nuclear option was applied by Senate Republicans to place Justice Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court.
Manchin is “willing” to “look at” possible reforms, while claiming he’s entirely interested in preserving the parliamentary tool. One such possibility: making members stand and talk for the duration of the filibuster.
The bottom line is the moderate Democrat has signaled a willingness to advance Democrat only legislation—and to change to rules to do so. His “principled stand” is really no longer in question.
It appears all that’s left to discuss is the price.
In what could be the first step of many to reign in the tyrannical force that has evolved as Governor Cuomo the Democratic leaders in both the New York State Assembly and State Senate have decided to press forward on revoking the broad reaching emergency powers that they granted the governor nearly a year ago.
With those powers he wrongfully made the unilateral decision to prevent therapies for CoVid19 from being prescribed by physicians on an outpatient basis, wrongfully prioritized which groups got first access to the vaccines, stubbornly refused open beds on a naval medical vessel and at the Javits Center and fatally impregnated nursing care facilities with CoVid positive patients.
It is arguable that the decision to ever grant Governor Andrew Cuomo emergency powers was one of the most flawed decisions of the entire pandemic. Fortunately Democrat leaders in both state houses have seen the error of their ways in their decision to revoke said powers.
Cuomo’s bungled handling of nearly 16,000 nursing center deaths is the object of multiple investigations.
The official statement as released this afternoon:
As the nation is waiting for the date of the election to come and go, it also awaits Monday’s vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett.
It strikes me that most of the nation feel like Senate Democrats in particular–are bad at their job. The people rejected all of their options from the Senate. In fact they turned to a guy who had been out of the game all together for four years. They had plenty to choose from. But even Democrat voters said, “No thanks!”
In 2018 the voters said the same. When given an option to take both Houses of Congress away from President Trump, the voters came back and said, “Nope… We want Republican senators to stay in charge of the judiciary.”
Now, when they have done such a poor job so as to be repetitively rejected by the American people, they agreed to simply just not show up for a simple vote.
I believe the American people see this is fundamental proof as evidence that their hunch was right.
The American people approve of Amy Coney Barrett in multiple polls by clear majorities. They dislike the actions of the Senate Democrats in the same majorities.
The truth may hurt, but its still true.