Sunday, January 6, 2019

Shutdown Follies: Down with the Filibuster

By | January 3rd, 2019

There is a different story to be told about the Republicans’ midterm defeat in the U.S. House of Representatives. It has nothing to do with President Trump or his leadership and everything to do, interestingly, with the Senate and its arcane, institutional rules.

Let there be no doubt: were it not for the Senate’s legislative filibuster, were it not for Republicans protecting the obstructionist rights of Democrats, the GOP would have passed most of its legislative agenda in the past two years and presented a much stronger list of accomplishments going into the midterms. We would have a border wall; we would have serious, substantive reforms to our failed immigration laws; and we would have a straight tax cut that did not increase taxes on blue state voters, a fact that surely devastated Republicans’ fortunes in the recent midterms.........To Read More....

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