(RepublicanWire.org) – The filibuster is a means often used to prolong debate on a bill or prevent a vote on a bill altogether. Debate in the Senate is ended through a cloture vote. A successful cloture vote requires 60 senators, and the current party breakdown of the chamber is 50-50.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats are calling for an end to the filibuster once again following a draft opinion of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization being leaked Monday.

Based on the draft, the high court plans to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortion nationwide.

Schumer wants to codify Roe into federal law, but he would need to end the filibuster to do it, thanks to Republicans opposition.

Manchin told reporters he will not vote to end the filibuster.

“The filibuster is a protection of democracy,” he said, according to Axios.

Besides his opposition to ending the filibuster, Manchin voted against legislation to codify Roe earlier this year.

Sinema wants Roe to remain the law of the land, but is not willing to end the filibuster to do it.

“A woman’s health care choices should be between her, her family and her doctor. Overturning Roe v. Wade endangers the health and well-being of women in Arizona and across America,” she said.

But she noted that the filibuster has been used to protect women’s “health care choices” multiple times.

“Protections in the Senate safeguarding against the erosion of women’s access to health care have been used half-a-dozen times in the past 10 years, and are more important now than ever,” she said.

The senator further explained her opposition to ending the filibuster on ABC’s “The View” last summer, saying no one likes it when their party is in the majority.

“People seem to not like the filibuster when they’re the ones who want to pass the legislation,” she said. “But when we’re in the minority — we being either Democrats or Republicans — we use the filibuster a lot to force dialogue, to bring people together and to make changes.”

“So thinking about this from the long term rather than the just right-now term, I think it’s really important,” she added.

In other words, Sinema is looking down the road and seeing a time when Republicans will be back in the majority, perhaps as early as this November.

Further, if the GOP also regains the White House in 2024, the filibuster would potentially be the only tool Democrats have to block or to change legislation they don’t like.

Manchin and Sinema saved the nation from Build Back Better in the fall, which would have likely resulted in even greater inflation than Americans are experiencing now.

(RepublicanWire.org) – For the first time since being sworn into office, President Joe Biden, who as a United States Senator was a “traditionalist” who always supported the filibuster rule that requires a 60 vote Senate supermajority to pass most (not all) legislation, has changed his mind and says the Democrats should cast the filibuster rule aside to pass “voting rights” legislation.

You can watch two videos concerning this significant development below.

The first video is of Biden answering questions during an interview with ABC News, during which he says he now supports casting the filibuster rule aside if that’s the only way to pass federal voting rights legislation.

The second video is of White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirming that Biden does indeed support killing the filibuster so that federal legislation can be passed by the Democrats that could supersede state voting laws the Democrats believe are racist and too restrictive.

Do you agree or disagree with Biden’s change of heart regarding the Senate filibuster rule and voting rights legislation? Why or why not? Do you believe the voting laws being passed by some Republican state legislatures like those in Texas and Georgia are racist? Why or why not?

Lately, Democrats have been making a major push to get rid of the filibuster — a move that would greatly limit Republicans’ ability to do anything about the Left’s schemes as long as they control the House, Senate, and presidency. Naturally, AoC and Democrats say we don’t need the filibuster.

The filibuster allows the minority party, in this case Republicans, to stand up to the majority when it wants to do something that the minority finds reprehensible. For instance, if Democrats wanted to make abortion legal until the day of birth, you might see a hero like Rand Paul filibuster the vote by speaking for days on end about whatever he chooses. The purpose, of course, is to delay the vote. This would then require a three-fifths vote to invoke cloture, something much harder to obtain than a simple majority.

To Democrats, this ability to speak truth to power is a dangerous thing. The ability to stand in their way? Even more dangerous. New York’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says that the filibuster isn’t needed because the Senate exists and “already amplifies minority power.”

“Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd told AOC that Democrat Senator Kyrsten Sinema has said she would not support eliminating the filibuster. Joe Manchin has also said he will not play the Democrats’ game because Republicans would simply undo anything the Democrats accomplish. AOC says that she still wants to eliminate the filibuster.

“No, I mean, it is essentially an argument of saying well, why do anything at all in case something in our future may change it,” she says, adding that once Democrat policy items are enacted, “they are very politically difficult to undo.”

“So I do not believe in the defeatism of saying ‘we will lose in the future and this will automatically mean that anything we do now is going to be reversed so we might as well not do anything now,’” she says.

AOC also questioned the filibuster threshold. “Okay, why 60 votes?” she asked. “Why not stop at 70 votes? Why not need 80 votes to pass any legislation?” AOC claims the “Senate already amplifies minority power.”

“Why defend a 60-vote filibuster when the Senate already amplifies minority power so that the 50 Democratic senators already represent millions and millions and millions more Americans than 50 Republican senators,” AOC says. And so I would argue that 50 Republican senators is already a built in kind of filibuster-esque firewall.”

President Donald Trump won West Virginia by 40 points. Democrat Joe Manchin realizes this, so while he makes a lot of bad decisions he still sometimes does the right thing. One such time is right now, as he is vigorously defending the filibuster — the only thing standing between us and mob rule in government — against his fellow Democrats. Naturally, this doesn’t make him very popular with his peers, but Manchin refuses so budge. So Democrats are breaking out the big guns in the form of Al Sharpton.

Sharpton doesn’t receive much love in West Virginia, but as a favorite Democrat weapon he says he plans to had to West Virginia so he can try to convince the state’s citizens that Joe Manchin is a racist. Sound ridiculous? Yes. Will he swing many opinions in a state with that heavy of Republican support? Probably not. But the media circus will allow Manchin to be tried in the court of MSNBC and found guilty.

Politico reports that Sharpton hopes to mobilize Democrats to primary Manchin and Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, who also supports the filibuster:

Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights leader and former presidential candidate, said in an interview that he and others have begun talks to hold town halls and rallies in the home states of senators such as Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), who have said they oppose scrapping the filibuster.

“The pressure that we are going to put on Sinema and Manchin is calling [the filibuster] racist and saying that they are, in effect, supporting racism,” Sharpton said. “Why would they be wedded to something that has those results? Their voters need to know that.”…

“Many of us, and certainly all of us in the civil rights leadership, are committed to policies and laws and causes, not to people’s political careers. We’re not into that. We want to change the country,” Sharpton said. “And if there is not feasible evidence that we’re doing that, it is not in our concern to be aggressively involved.”

Sharpton does not explain why the filibuster is “racist,” but this is an example of how Democrats work. If anyone displeases them — even one of their own — they point a shaking finger and cry “racism” until the person either submits or is destroyed.

Ironically, if Democrats successfully primary Manchin and Sinema, it opens both states up to successful Republican challenges to their seats — challenges that can help us reclaim the Senate in 2024. This is going to get interesting.

Joe Manchin may have voted to impeach Trump, but he isn’t entirely crazy. In what he calls a stance against “extremism” in the Democrat Party, Manchin announced he will fight the Democrats’ plans to do away with the legislative filibuster and push through whatever nonsensical and wasteful bills they want.

“If I haven’t said it very plain, maybe Sen. McConnell hasn’t understood, I want to basically say it for you. That I will not vote in this Congress, that’s two years, right? I will not vote” to change the filibuster, the West Virginia Democrat said in an interview earlier this week. “And I hope with that guarantee in place he will work in a much more amicable way.”

Manchin’s commitment to at least a level playing field in legislating did not go unnoticed. Pro-Life group Susan B. Anthony List thanked Manchin for refusing to kill the filibuster. Activists lined courthouses in three West Virginia cities, beginning in Charleston and ending in Wheeling.

Marilyn Musgrave, vice president of government affairs for the organization, says that the filibuster is the only thing stopping Democrats from a full-on pro-abortion agenda. “And yet we have Joe Manchin courageous enough to stand up to his own party and say he’s going to do the right thing and I tell you the people of West Virginia agree with him,” she says.

“This is so significant in saving babies that have not yet been born,” Musgrave adds. “This is a strong pro-life state and he’s representing those values very well when he retains the filibuster.”

The filibuster requires 60 “yea” votes and prevents the Democrats from using their majority to do whatever they want with no support from people who represent everyday Americans. Watch a report on Manchin’s shocking decision to do the right thing below: