Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said on MSNBC Friday that Democrats should end the filibuster so that the minority can’t stand in the way of passing bills that “the American people want.”
“If we cannot get Republican support in one way or another, we’ve got to go forward [with the filibuster],” Sander said. “It is my position absolutely that democracy has got to prevail in the United States Senate. We cannot have — continue to have minority who are obstructing what the American people want. So count me in as somebody who believes the majority should rule in the Senate so that we can begin doing the business of the American people.”
There are a few problems with Sanders’ viewpoint, however. It is not clear that the majority of Americans really want New Green Deal-type climate change laws that would cost trillions and raise energy prices through the roof–one of the priorities Sanders says need to be passed without the filibuster.
Another issue is that even without the filibuster, some of his bills like the $15 per hour minimum wage, do not have 50 Democrat votes. Sanders can’t even truthfully say that Republicans are the minority when the Senate is 50-50.
Finally, moderate Democrat Senators like Joe Manchin (WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) are enjoying their newfound power as the last defense against radical-left legislation and there’s no way they are going to let that power go away by getting rid of the filibuster.
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