A Senate Republican is warning that the Democrats simply don’t want to work across party lines any more.
“Democrats no longer wish for bipartisanship. They will say many things to justify why bipartisanship is impossible and thus the filibuster must be eliminated. The more correct analysis is that they do not wish to engage in bipartisanship,” warned Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., in a commentary at Real Clear Politics.
He said Democrats want to remove the filibuster in the Senate, which requires 60 votes to advance legislation, to advance a radical, partisan agenda.
“The Founders warned us about this – the tyranny of the majority – as it results in the oppression of the minority. Democrats will pursue their far-left agenda at the expense of any other view,” the senator wrote.
“Democrats are already proposing legislation they know Republicans will not support. Camouflaging the Green New Deal in an infrastructure bill, infringing on the Second Amendment, forcing taxpayers to fund political campaigns and banning the enforcement of election security laws that prevent noncitizens from voting. They are deliberately orchestrating gridlock to justify eliminating of the filibuster,” he explained.
He called on President Biden to fulfill his campaign promise of unity.
“Finding common ground and bipartisanship is hard. It takes a long time. That’s the way the Senate was structured. Requiring 60 votes forces that hard work. It reflects the large majority of Americans as opposed to a portion of one-half. Ending the filibuster is an attempt to only represent a portion of one-half.”
Biden himself once opposed eliminating the filibuster. In 2005 he said, “At its core, the filibuster is not about stopping a nominee or a bill — it’s about compromise and moderation.”
And Cassidy noted Democrats have used the filibuster liberally in recent years.
“Democrats used the filibuster liberally under President Trump to hinder national security by blocking funding for the construction of the border wall and twice as an obstacle for coronavirus relief during the passage of the CARES Act at the beginning of the pandemic,” he wrote.
“Now that they are in power, they are targeting the Senate mechanism they used to great effect. They call it racist and a relic of Jim Crow. Were my Democrat colleagues engaging in racism when they used it to block Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-SC) police reform bill? Of course not,” he said.