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Vice President Kamala Harris said on Saturday that she “looks forward” to voting to end the “archaic” Senate filibuster to advance measures that protect abortion at the federal level and implement voting reform legislation .
Harris’ remarks came during a speech at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting at National Harbor in Maryland, where she urged support for Democratic Senate candidates in November’s midterm elections.
“With just two more Senate seats, we can codify Roe v. Wade, we can enshrine Roe’s protections in law,” Harris said. “With two more seats in the United States Senate, we can pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Two more seats.”
“You know, our President Joe Biden, he’s been clear. He’s kind of done with these archaic Senate rules that get in the way of these two issues,” Harris said of the Senate filibuster. “He made that clear and said he wouldn’t allow that to obstruct those two issues. And, you know, for me, as vice president, I’m also president of the Senate. … I can’t wait to vote. to break the filibuster on voting rights and reproductive rights. I can’t wait! Fifty-nine days.
The filibuster allows the minority party in the Senate to demand a 60-vote majority to push any legislation through the body. The Senate is currently split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats.
While addressing those present at the event, Harris claimed the party had “the momentum on our side” and predicted that Democrats would maintain their majority in the House and “extend” their Majority in the Senate.
“We must cling – and we will – to the House of Representatives and expand our majority in the United States Senate,” Harris said.
“On this point, let me present two very real scenarios to you. First, imagine – I don’t want to – but imagine if we lost our Democratic majority in Congress. The Republican Party leaders have made it clear that they want to ban the across the country and they won’t stop there,” she added.
Harris insisted that “marriage equality” and “contraception” will be “at stake” if Republicans regain a majority in Congress.
“Without a Democratic majority in Congress, who knows what other rights they’ll come after,” Harris asked. “Now imagine a better future. Imagine what we can do if we defend the five seats we need to retain a majority in the House. Imagine what we can do if we protect, and even better, expand our majority in the House. Senate. Imagine. Then we can fight for every worker to have paid family leave. We can fight for every family to be able to afford child care, we can also fight for every provider of childcare services are fairly remunerated.
During a speech in Durham, North Carolina, this month, Harris made similar comments about Senate rule, saying Biden ‘won’t let the filibuster get in the way’ of passing legislation. significant to his program.
Amid negotiations to pass federal election legislation earlier this year, Democrats, who are now seeking to protect abortion by Congress, tried to root out the filibuster earlier this year and failed to win the support of two moderate Democrats.
The two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Christmas cinema of Arizona, both said they would not vote in favor of scrapping the rule, which requires a 60-vote supermajority requirement for legislation to pass in the Senate.
“I will not vote to remove or weaken the filibuster,” Manchin said in a January statement. “Over the past decade or more, there has been broad bipartisan support for filibuster protection, including current and former members of the Senate.”
Similarly, Sinema, a longtime proponent of senatorial filibuster, said, “There is no need for me to reaffirm his role in protecting our country from savage reversals in federal policy. … The demands of Eliminating this threshold, regardless of which party holds the fleeting majority, rises to a group of people separated on two sides of a canyon, shouting this solution to their colleagues.