Mitch McConnell envisions a power-sharing agreement that would keep the Senate filibuster alive and hamper the Biden agenda.
McConnell wrote in an email:
New: McConnell wants the Senate to share power to protect the legislative filibuster.
In an email received from @NRO, McConnell wrote to GOP colleagues, "I believe the time is right to tackle this problem right before the passions for one issue or another show up."
– John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) January 19, 2021
Mitch McConnell knows he's just one vote away from having no Senate power and being reduced to spectator status as a Democratic power by Joe Biden's agenda. With a single vote, Democrats could change Senate rules to exonerate or restrict the filibuster. If all Senate Democrats backed this, Kamala Harris could vote the tie and nothing would stand in the way of Democrats getting Joe Biden's agenda passed.
Senate Democrats could also pass the comprehensive For The People Act, which would expand voting rights and get rid of dark money in federal elections.
Democrats would have to be fools to agree to a power sharing with Mitch McConnell. Republicans lost. McConnell can't keep power. Democrats should take a page from McConnell's book and ruthlessly maximize their power to pass the agenda for which most Americans have been waiting for years, and in some cases decades.
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Mr. Easley is the Founder / Senior Editor, White House Press Pool, and a Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public order with a specialization in social reform movements.
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Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association