US President Joe Biden has long been a supporter of the Senate majority rule, known as a filibuster, but the chamber’s Republican minority blocked parts of his agenda, the former senator said this week. Willing to change the rule to try to enforce it. rights law.
The 100-member Senate is currently split evenly between members who caucus with members of Biden’s Democratic Party and Republicans.
Democrats can pass the bill using a tiebreaker vote, which Vice President Kamala Harris can put in place when necessary. But before a bill can be put to a simple majority, there must be a move to end debate on the first measure, which under Senate rules requires the support of 60 senators.
The procedural barrier has its critics who argue that it is anti-democratic and prevents the federal government from addressing the problems facing the nation. But supporters say it forces Senate members to find consensus on those matters and prevents the party in power from making sweeping changes.
Democratic Party leaders say they want to make the voting rights law a category that requires only the support of a simple majority to move toward a final vote, and they want to push for that change in the coming days. plan is.
Left unsure whether there is enough support among his caucuses to achieve that goal. Democratic senators Joe Manchin and Kirsten Cinema have protested, citing concerns that doing so would give Republicans an open way to do whatever they want to secure a majority in the next round of elections in November. .
Senator Mitch McConnell, the body’s top Republican, has also warned that if Democrats pull away the filibuster, his side will find other ways to slow action in the Senate.
Some information about this report has been received from Reuters.