Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gave another warning Thursday in a Wall Street Journal op-ed about what would happen if Democrats decided to get rid of the filibuster on a 50-50 vote.
He said it would be a “scorched-Earth” Senate that no one could imagine, with every small piece of business moving at a snail’s pace.
“None of us have served one minute in the Senate that was completely drained of comity and consent,” McConnell said. “This is an institution that requires unanimous consent to turn the lights on before noon, to proceed with a garden-variety floor speech, to dispense with the reading of lengthy legislative texts, to schedule committee business, to move even uncontroversial nominees at faster than a snail’s pace.”
McConnell also threatened to respond in kind when he regained the majority in the Senate.
“If the Democrats kill the legislative filibuster, history would repeat itself, but more dramatically,” he said, referring to the 2013 move by Harry Reid to drop the legislative filibuster. “As soon as Republicans wound up back in control, we wouldn’t stop at erasing every liberal change that hurt the country. We’d strengthen America with all kinds of conservative policies with zero input from the other side.”
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