Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that changing the filibuster rules by the Democrats would be blackmail and asked them not to do this to him.
Lindsey Graham falsely claims that the Senate will get rid of the filibuster and tells them not to do this to him. pic.twitter.com/f8X6f3FK8z
– Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) June 20, 2021
Graham said when asked by Fox News on Sunday whether Manchin would support the filibuster change if its compromise proxy law fails:
I hope not because I was with Joe Manchin Shoes. I like Joe Manchin, ready to work with him and Infrastructure. We didn't talk about the police reform, but I think we can get there. I think Tim Scott and Cory Booker and the rest of us are very close to a police station Reform package that would be non-partisan, but when we called the H. hadouse and the Senate and the White house under PResident Trump, I had a bunch of the Democrats who want to sign Letter with me to protect the filibuster.
Each of these Democrats has Fled to the mountains, so I was open every day. Why don't you give in and agree change with President Trump the rules so we can get them Trump agenda through? I said I don't think it would be like that good for the country. I've never been there Joe Manchin or others Democrat and say if you don't Some of the things I want is me will agree to Trump and Change the rules.
I will not allow myself to be blackmailed Here. I don't ask any more from my D.democratic colleagues then I ask from myself. It was very uncomfortable to be Beat through that every day President of the United States, PResident Trump and his allies, to try to change the rules in change The Senate should get its way. I said no because it's bad for the Senate.
I hope these Democrats understand it's bad for the S.enate to change the rules and I and don't want to be blackmailed. I have to give two or three Things before they don't Change the rules. I do not like it at all. I didn't do that to them and they wish they wouldn't me.
It's worse for the Senate to be a dysfunctional body controlled by the minority. There is no threshold of 60 votes in the constitution for the filibuster. The 60-vote rule was a privilege that the Republicans made a weapon of in the Senate. Neither party is going to have a 60 majority any time soon, so it makes sense to change the rules, not necessarily to end the filibuster, but rather to make it less of a weapon.
53 votes seem to be the sweet spot in the current Senate. Democrats could change the rules to 53 votes, which would mean the legislation still needs bipartisan support, but it would be a minor hurdle to overcome. The Senate would work again.
If Manchin approves a filibuster carve with a simple majority, the Democrats will pass their voting rights compromise.
Giving back democracy to the people by making the Senate more representative is not blackmail. It is not being done to Sen. Graham, but to the American people.
Mr. Easley is the executive editor of the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor's degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association