NBC News political reporter Kasie Hunt told MSNBC watchers that while many Senate Democrats were voting for to end the federal government shutdown Monday, there are others voting to extend the shutdown because they are running for president.
“One thing that is unfolding now on the Senate floor that I think is noteworthy, we’re hearing that Senator Warren plans to vote ‘no,’ she may have already voted no,” said Hunt, who at the time getting live updates from her colleagues at the Senate Press Gallery.
“Kamala Harris of California, Bernie Sanders, what do these people have in common?” she asked. “These are people who are likely running for president in 2020.”
The final roll call vote was 81-18, with Sen. John S. McCain III (R.-Ariz.) not voting.
In the Senate, routine legislation requires 60 votes to end debate and force a floor vote, and there are only 51 Republicans. By withholding the votes the GOP needed to reach 60, Senate Democrats kept the “debate” open, preventing the Republicans from bringing up the House’s continuing resolution for a vote.
The Senate Democrats were holding back their support because they were demanding permanent amnesty for the young illegal aliens covered by President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Funding for the federal government expired Friday, so the government was technically “shutdown” over the weekend–until the Democratic leadership relented.
The Republicans voting against the shutdown bill that would keep the government open until Feb. 8, were: Utah’s Sen. Michael S. Lee and Kentucky’s Sen. Randal H. “Rand” Paul.
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The Democrats voting to extend the shutdown were: New Jersey’s Sen. Cory A. Booker, New York’s Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, California’s Sen. Kamala D. Harris, Connecticut’s Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, Massachusetts’ Sen. Elizabeth Warren–along with Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is an Independent, but who caucuses with Democrats.
Democrats Ready Lobbying Push to End Senate Filibuster In the Event of Biden Victory
They hope to dominate the opposition.
D.C. Democrats are preparing a lobbying effort to erase the traditional filibuster rule in the United States Senate, which requires 60 votes for the passage of most new legislation.
Eli Zupnick, a former top aide to Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, will lead Fix Our Senate, a group that will demand the Senate alter its rules to jam through a progressive policy agenda.
“Our goal is to lift the filibuster higher on progressives’ agendas … [and] make it clear to a future President Biden and Senate leadership that they expect and demand speedy Senate rules reform in 2021 and will not accept more gridlock, delays, and excuses,” Zupnick told NBC.
Senator Chris Coons of Connecticut had earlier warned that he would not ‘accept’ no for an answer when it comes to the implementation of a Biden administration agenda. Many Democrats are still upset that the then-Republican Senate minority blocked much of President Obama’s policy wish list during his administration.
“I will not stand idly by for four years and watch the Biden administration’s initiatives blocked at every turn,” said the neoliberal Democrat, who frequently fashions himself as a moderate. Coons is reportedly playing a role in preparing the push to end the Senate filibuster. Joe Biden himself has been reluctant to sign off on such a proposal, claiming he wants to wait and see how he would potentially work with Senate Republicans as President.
Democrats hope to force through a boatload of progressive policies, including federal gun control(with the possibility of confiscation), unlimited abortion, new taxes on middle-class Americans, globalist free trade deals, and massive increases in legal immigration.
The demand that major legislation be passed with merely 50 votes will quickly disappear in the event that Democrats fail to secure a Senate majority in November.
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