(RepublicanNews.org) – There’s been a lot of chatter lately in Washington, DC, about changing the filibuster. For anyone unfamiliar with the term, it’s a long-standing Senate custom that effectively requires a supermajority of 60 votes to move forward with any legislative measure.
Democrats like President Joe Biden are hoping to return to a “talking filibuster.” Unlike the current practice, it requires a senator or group of senators to stall out action by allowing them to talk for as long as they want on a topic of their choosing in hopes of holding up a vote on a bill.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke to Fox News host Sean Hannity about the push to change the filibuster Wednesday night, March 17. He told Hannity that if the Senate returned to the talking filibuster, he would talk until he “fell over” to make sure Democrats couldn’t push through HR1, a House bill that would allow ballot harvesting and mail-in voting without voter ID.
He also told Hannity if the Democrats picked up any Senate seats during the 2022 midterm elections, they would change to filibuster rule, an act that would “destroy the Senate.”
What Does it Take to Change the Filibuster?
The Senate can change the filibuster rule or eliminate it using various options like establishing a new precedent, voting to change the existing rule, or restricting its use.
The most direct way to change the filibuster would be changing the text of Senate Rule 22. However, that requires a two-thirds majority, and Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) already confirmed they would not vote to end the rule.
There’s also the dreaded “nuclear option,” which would require a simple majority vote to set a new Senate precedent. However, without Manchin and Sinema, Democrats couldn’t get the required votes.
Despite all their bluster, Democrats appear to lack the support to change the filibuster. As Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell recently pointed out, doing so would turn the Senate into a “100-car pile-up.”
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