Rep. Peter A. Sessions (R.-Texas), the chairman of the powerful House Rules Committee, told the host of Yuma, Arizona’s KBLU’s “The Russ Clark Show” and co-host Washington attorney George Braun, that he blames Senate Republicans for the budget crisis that was just pushed off until Feb. 8.
“It is really up to Mitch McConnell and Ted Cruz and the senators to say: ‘Enough of that, let’s get the American people’s job done,” said Sessions, whose committee is the last hurdle for legislation to clear before reaching the House floor for a vote.
In the Senate, legislation has a two-step vote process, first there 60 votes are required to close debate, cloture, and only then can a measure be brought up for the up-or-down that is decided by a simple majority.
This process means a minority with 41 votes can block a piece of legislation until it expires with the end of the congressional session. This is the maneuver known as the “filibuster.”
The other maneuver this process allows is for senators to vote to close debate by contributing to the 60 votes required, but then they can vote against the measure when it is up for final passage–creating the impression that they opposed the bill that in fact, they helped pass.
For those asking, the Republicans only have 51 votes in the Senate, and they need 60. That is why we need to win more Republicans in 2018 Election! We can then be even tougher on Crime (and Border), and even better to our Military & Veterans!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018
Sunday, while speaking on the Senate floor, Majority Leader A. Mitchell “Mitch” McConnell (R.-Ky.) rebuked House Republicans and President Donald J. Trump, calling for the end of the filibuster when he said: “We all know that in the Senate, the minority has the power to filibuster.”
Sessions told Clark and Braun he does not understand why Senate Republicans, including his delegation colleague Texas Republican Sen. R. Edward “Ted” Cruz Jr., continue to allow the 41-vote filibuster.
“These senators should quit asking for permission on a 60-vote basis, literally a super majority and go to the simple majority–that’s the way we work back home,” the chairman said.
“When I was the chairman of the Chamber of Commerce in Dallas, we had lots of contentious decisions and we have people who did not completely agree, so we sat down and said: “We trust all of us and all of us are better than one of us, but half of us plus one is enough to make a decision.”
Here the whole segment of Rep. Peter A. Sessions (R.-Texas) on KBLU’s with Russ Clark and George Braun:
Madison Cawthorn Once Opposed Electoral College Certification…Now He Says Biden’s Victory was Legitimate
He is waffling and equivocating like a veteran RINO.
Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) has admitted that he never thought there was large-scale voter fraud that occurred in the 2020 presidential election, and he only opposed certifying the electoral college results as a political calculation.
Cawthorn made the admission when he was pressed during an appearance on CNN. Liberals are gloating on Twitter over Cawthorn’s pathetic and embarrassing hypocrisy:
“I think I would say the election was not fraudulent," he finally confesses after getting schooled by Pamela Brown. https://t.co/kuboW49wfW
— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) January 24, 2021
“I think I would say the election was not fraudulent. The Constitution allowed for us to be able to push back as much as we could, and I did that to the … constitutional limits that I had at my disposal. So now I would say that Joseph R. Biden is our president,” Cawthorn said.
Cawthorn’s CNN appearance, which should be used as an example for Republican lawmakers of how not to deal with the press, can be seen here:
Here's Madison Cawthorn getting cornered into admitting that his rationale for voting against accepting the election results was bullshit pic.twitter.com/SU6W7sGpXi
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 24, 2021
Big League Politics has reported on Cawthorn’s suspect behavior in the past and warned that he could be another RINO trying to dupe Trump supporters:
Madison Cawthorn, who is the Republican U.S. Rep. candidate for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District, is calling for a “new Republican Party” that pays lip service to issues that are important to leftists.
“The status quo days of the GOP being defined by what we are against, rather than what we are for, are over. We intend to listen, but we also intend to win the argument,” he wrote in his op/ed for the Daily Wire.
Instead of opposing left-wing policies, Cawthorn wants Republicans to capitulate and give concessions to the Left in order to placate to young people in Generation Z who overwhelmingly support leftist politics.
“For the past two decades, however, the Republican Party has marginalized principled reformers in its own ranks and let itself be branded as the “party of no.” On things such as health care, the environment, and other key issues, our leadership has aggressively attacked ideas from the Left but has failed to force consensus around the best ideas from the Right,” Cawthorn wrote.
“Our party, the Grand Old Party, is no longer very grand. But it is very old. Our leaders have failed us and it’s time we stopped putting up with it,” he added.
He wants Republicans to embrace government solutions on issues like healthcare and the environment while echoing woke talking points with regards to race.
“Our party ought not to be ashamed of its heritage nor be afraid of open debate and challenging the “woke” left. On race, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) is right and wise to remind conservatives that unjust racial bias is real and persistent. As Scott, who is black, notes, he knows what it’s like to be pulled over to be stopped by security in the Capitol because of the color of his skin. We’ve come a long way, but Scott is right to remind Republicans that we have a long way to go,” Cawthorn wrote.
He also added a thinly-veiled shot as President Donald Trump, which is par for the course considering he is being published in ‘Never Trump’ icon Ben Shapiro’s blog.
“Let us rise as a New Republican Party. A party that offers real solutions and attacks ideas rather than individuals. A party that meets voters where they are, and instead of belittling them for what they care about, offers a better way,” Cawthorn wrote.
Cawthorn may be a sympathetic figure due to his handicap but he may be a dangerous RINO waiting in the weeds. His constituents in North Carolina must keep him honest if he is going to be an effective conservative lawmaker.
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