Yet again Biden proves that promises made are not promises kept.
He would have said/done anything to get elected — even cheat — which he did, and is widely documented and proved.
This time Joe Biden is breaking his promise to leave the filibuster intact, a Senate rule he called “necessary” when previously asked by reporters.
The Senate is set to reconvene this week — one of their top priorities being the so called “For the People Act,” which Democrats claim fights “racism” and “suppression,” but would instead effectively nationalize elections and enable voter fraud.
Republicans previously blocked the bill by using the filibuster and preventing “tyranny of the majority.” Top Democrats are now calling on President Biden to lobby for “filibuster reform” in order to ram through the legislation this time around without the need for Republican votes, Rolling Stone reported Sunday.
According to White House insiders, Biden assured Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he was ready to push for filibuster reform.
A source briefed on the White House’s position said Biden told Schumer, “Chuck, you tell me when you need me to start making phone calls.”
This is a far cry from what candidate Biden said on the matter:
FLASHBACK — Presidential candidate Joe Biden in 2020 was asked which of these ideas he supported: expanding the size of the Supreme Court, setting term limits for justices, abolishing the legislative filibuster.
"None." – Biden responded.
Joe Biden should listen to Joe Biden. pic.twitter.com/9IJiQSU88Y
— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) April 15, 2021
During a late-July meeting, Biden reportedly made a pledge to Schumer and Pelosi saying he would “get involved himself and lobby the handful of moderate Democrats to convince them to weaken the filibuster so that the For the People Act could pass without any Republican votes.”
Biden tells top Democrats he's preparing lobbying blitz on filibuster reform, voting rights https://t.co/TX9CpT8dl2
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) September 12, 2021
Two centrist Democrats, Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have publicly denounced changing or abolishing the filibuster. However, their votes are much needed if any substantial changes are to be made to pass the “For the People Act.”
A group of senators is set to release a compromise version of the bill “intended to satisfy Manchin’s concerns” about the initial bill. Regardless, Schumer will need to ensure not one Democrat defects on the bill and also convince all 50 of his colleagues to create a ‘carveout’ in the filibuster in order to federalize the election process.
The Biden administration has been notoriously shaky about its opinion of the filibuster, but have largely balked at changing the rule as to not create national panic. In March, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden did not support changing the filibuster.
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) March 5, 2021
Author: Sebastian Hayworth