McConnell finds himself in tough spot as Democrats leave ‘nuclear option’ open on filibuster

Having lost his majority and facing calls to step down from supporters of President Donald Trump, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (KY) has found himself in a tough spot.

Now, the Republican is facing another potential defeat as Democrats, led by Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY), consider using the “nuclear option” to end the filibuster, The Hill reports.

Ending the filibuster?

McConnell lost his majority of six years on Wednesday, and Schumer became the de facto majority leader with the addition of two Democrats from Georgia in the upper chamber. But the parties have yet to hammer out a power-sharing agreement, with the Senate divided 50–50 for the first time since 2001.

At issue is the filibuster: McConnell wants Schumer to agree outright to leave the rule, which requires 60 votes to pass most bills, alone, as Reuters reports.

While long seen as a fixture of the more deliberative body of Congress, Democrats have talked up nixing it for some time to push through a radical and decidedly partisan agenda. At the very least, they want to maintain the threat of ending it.

“We’re not going to give him what he wishes. If you did that then there would be just unbridled use of it. I mean nothing holding him back,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said, according to The Hill.

Democrats could unilaterally use the “nuclear option,” now that they have a simple majority (with Vice President Kamala Harris as tie-breaker), to end the rule, Reuters notes.

McConnell deflated

Biden and his allies indeed have some seriously ambitious plans, including a proposal calling for amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants that Republicans have roundly dismissed.

But McConnell and his Republican allies have called on their Democratic colleagues to show restraint when it comes to the filibuster, saying it would be unwise to leave the issue unaddressed before a passionate disagreement results in any rash moves.

“I cannot imagine the Democratic leader would rather hold up the power-sharing agreement than simply reaffirm that his side won’t be breaking this standing rule of the Senate,” McConnell said, according to The Hill. “I appreciate our ongoing good-faith discussions and look forward to finding the solution together.”

In the meantime, Democrats are in no rush to give up their newfound leverage.

“It’s generally up to the majority as to whether they want to pursue a conversation about changing the rules. And we should reserve that right,” Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy (CT) said, as Politico reported. “I’m a supporter of filibuster reform, I obviously want to make my case to the caucus when and if that moment arises.”

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  1. it is time for new leadership in Congress but Chuckie would not be MY CHOICE–he is nothing but a big time lazy jerk who wants total things his way– and most of his ideas arent for this country– he will be a bigger problem than anyone thinks

    1. chuckie is nothing but a bully, loudmouth and a liar, he and the Botox queen need to be removed from congress

  2. “I cannot imagine the Democratic leader would rather hold up the power-sharing agreement than simply reaffirm that his side won’t be breaking this standing rule of the Senate,” McConnell said, according to The Hill. “I appreciate our ongoing good-faith discussions and look forward to finding the solution together.”

    McConnell is so weak. Schumer will use the nuclear option in a NY minute.

      1. this is true Pauline and it needs to stop, they think looking mean scares people , i think it is time to shut these punks down; vote out the trash; we need to vote on term limits, we do not need professional thieves in congress

    1. THE REPUBLICANS MAKE ME SICK !! TRYING TO GET ALONG
      WITH THE EVIL DEMOCRATS IS STUPID ! OLD MCCONNELL
      IS THE WORST … AS FOR AS I AM CONCERNED HE DESERVES WHAT HE GETS… THE RICH OLD GOAT SHOULD HAVE RESIGNED LONG AGO.. I WISH THE REPUBLICANS WOULD
      REFER TO THE DEMOCRATIC PLAYBOOK… BULLY EVERYONE
      AND DON’T AGREE ON ANYTHING

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  4. These people need counseling. If they do not look out for the people they need to be fired. From what I see so far; illegal immigration, Paris Accord, Cancelled Alaska Pipeline, Iran pals, Communist China that has genocide, allowing transgender people to use any bathroom, Kamala Harris encouraging violence, Pelosi putting in things to help other countries and that money could help the homeless here, raise taxes. How many more bad decisions? Impeach Trump! Those decisions should constitute prison time. They spend more time and money flaunting their entitlements then they do helping. Pigs.

    1. They continually show their hands. There is no greater evidence of guilt than paranoia. Nancy has to have her own security force…to defend her from whom? Probably her own paid thugs. I truly pray that they will reap what they sow.

  5. Things aren’t good. Letting people destroy our countries history. A president that is so bent on being politically correct that he can’t see the forest for the trees. Just do the right thing. Focus on the country and it’s people. Be true to yourself. We have destructive politicians. They are viewed in public and can’t hide. Everyone knows the election was rigged. Find out who put it into play.

  6. Well, ‘good-faith discussions’? Is he stupid or dumb? Take a pick. When did the Democrats deal in good faith? Only when it benefits them. Poor Mitch, leader? Of what? The trembling Republicans?

  7. Term Limits would certainly cure a lot of the problems caused by most of the free loaders. Really do wonder how some would have been able to compete in the real world.

    1. Oh Yes, I would love to see a Constitutional Amendment to limit two terms for Congress. I will probably never live to see it but maybe my grandchildren and great-grandchildren will enjoy the amendment.

  8. There seems to be some fighting among themselves. Let them dig the hole a little bit bigger, and eventually they will fall in to it. The trumpers are strong, but as long as the demorats keep up their dirty work, they may just burn themselves……

  9. We definitely need term limits and the politicians need to work in the real world where they can’t give themselves all the fringes that they have given themselves. They should have to depend on social security when they retire, they should not be allowed to serve more than 3 terms in office,

  10. Now, the Republican is facing another potential defeat as Democrats, led by Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY), consider using the “nuclear option” to end the filibuster, The Hill reports.

    Communist’s democrat want to use nuclear weapons, question is to use on whom?

  11. When Biden promised Georgia if they would elect these two Democrats Senators that he would give each and every one $2,000. WHAT A JOKE! He speaks out of both sides of his mouth, never the truth.

    1. WoWoWo there Lavanada Moore. You just said that Biden promised the people of Georgia each and every one $2000.00 dollars to vote for the two Democrats. If I’m not mistaken that is bribery and against the law. If this is true the FBI (not that I trust them) or the Justice Department need to follow-up to see if this happened. If so someone needs to be held accountable for their actions.

  12. Democrats ae not to be trusted. Mitch needs to go, he is not to be trusted either. 2 backstabbers that cannot be trusted

  13. Let’s have a Name the Enemy Campaign. These people are communists. Let’s call them Komrad Schumer, Komrad Biden. Let’s use words like they do.

    Of course they will change everything they are communists. So Kommunist Mitch is is a traitor and now everyone will see his treason.

  14. Ending the filibuster gives the demonrats free reign to do as they please in pushing through every thing on joebama’s list! That ties the hands of the Republicans to have a say in legislation! Bad move!!! Harry Reid did that “ nuclear option” and shot himself in the foot! Will screwmer do likewise?

  15. The Democrat party is nothing like the previous decades and has taken leave of ordinary common sense. They pander to extreme groups in order to have a voting majority. So, their actions and decisions are increasingly extreme punishing ordinary people. Many more are walking away as I did about 5 years ago with the rise of Trump populism and rational patriotism.

    1. Correct. The long ago Democrats were for the working man but no any more… the move the have the more they want and only care about votes. Time for WE THE PEOPLE to demand TERM LIMITS.

  16. Are you trying to be just like Facebook and Twitter by cutting off Conservative views? If not, I suggest you post that which I wrote

  17. Mitch needs to be replaced.
    He is a sorry sight to represent Republicans.
    The Republican Party needs new young blood.

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