Senator Mitt Romey (R-Utah) warned that getting rid of the filibuster will ensure former President Donald Trump, should he choose to run for office again, will win the 2024 election.
“The United States Senate is one of our vital democratic institutions, and the power given to the minority in the Senate and the resulting requirement for political consensus are among the Senate’s defining features,” Romney said on the Senate floor.
“Note that in the federal government, empowerment of the minority is established through only one institution: the Senate,” he added. “The majority decides in the House; the majority decides in the Supreme Court; and the president, of course, is a majority of one. Only in the Senate does the minority restrain the power of the majority.”
Romney proceeded to lash out at Democrats, cautioning that different types of legislation, including taxes, safety net programs, and national security, would change once a different party secures the majority.
“There is also a reasonable chance Republicans will win both houses in Congress, and that Donald Trump himself could once again be elected president in 2024,” he continued. “Have Democrats thought what it would mean for them — for the Democrat minority — to have no power whatsoever?”
Romney’s speech came as President Joe Biden went to Georgia to publicly push for a change to Senate rules.
“I believe the threat to our democracy is so grave that we must find a way to pass these voting rights bills,” Biden said in Atlanta yesterday. “And if that bare minimum is blocked, we have no option but to change the Senate rules, including getting rid of the filibuster for this.”
Biden has previously announced his support for amending Senate rules and changing the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation.
“That means whatever it takes. Change the Senate rules to accommodate major pieces of legislation without requiring 60 votes,” Biden said last month in an interview with ABC News’ David Muir.
“The only thing standing between getting voting rights legislation passed and not getting passed is the filibuster, I support making an exception on voting rights of the filibuster,” he added.
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