Democrats have a lot of bills they’d like to pass through Congress. The For the People Act, Protecting the Right to Organize Act, and H.R. 51 are just a few examples.
There are some commonalities between these bills, despite them centering around different matters. For starters, all of the aforementioned legislation is heavily leftist and lacks GOP support. Secondly, none of the three bills listed above will pass the Senate so long as the filibuster remains in place.
Democrats are very much aware of this and therefore looking to eliminate the filibuster once and for all. However, on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi distanced herself from the increasingly intense Senate filibuster debate.
Where does Speaker Pelosi stand on the Senate filibuster?
During a news conference, Pelosi faced questions about the far-left’s growing push to do away with the Senate filibuster. The House Speaker declined to take one side or the other; instead, Pelosi simply declared that whether or not to eliminate the filibuster is ultimately a “debate” that the U.S. Senate must take up.
Outside of Capitol Hill earlier today, Democrat Rep. Cori Bush stated that axing the filibuster is the only way for Democrats to pass H.R. 51, H.R. 1, and other bills. When questioned about this, Pelosi stated that she chooses not to insert herself in Senate rules and affairs.
Democrats pushing to end the Senate filibuster are now alleging that the filibuster is a relic of Jim Crow racism. This perspective was not one that Democrats had when they previously employed the filibuster as the minority party in Congress.
Does the Senate filibuster stand a chance?
At this time, the Senate filibuster is unlikely to go anywhere. For starters, not all Democrats in the Senate are supportive of ending the filibuster.
Sen. Joe Manchin, for instance, has declared that under no circumstances will he back the elimination of the filibuster. Manchin furthermore believes that the Senate filibuster is important and necessary in Congress.
Of course, Republicans are not on board with getting rid of the filibuster either. Therefore, the removal of the Senate filibuster is extremely unlikely at this time.