After more than four months of letting their power to obstruct lie unused in the Senate, the 50-member Senate GOP is ready to mount a filibuster of House-passed legislation creating an independent cross-aisle panel to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection.
If Republicans follow through and block the bill, they will spark a long-building fight over the filibuster’s very existence. And GOP opposition is hardening by the day. According to interviews with more than a half-dozen Republicans on Thursday, there is almost no path to even opening up debate on the bill — much less passing it.
“I don’t think there will be 10 votes on our side for it,” said Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind). “At this stage, I’d be surprised if you’re gonna get even a handful.”
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Manchin needs to take no for an answer and decide if preservation of democracy or the filibuster take precedence. I do not think the Democratic Party will put up with someone who stands in the way of a Jan 6 commission and/or voting reform https://t.co/bJn5ZmnSdG via @politico
— Jennifer ‘pro-voting’ Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) May 21, 2021