Squad member Pressley: ‘Past time to end the Jim Crow Filibuster’

Squad member Pressley: ‘Past time to end the Jim Crow Filibuster’

After
the
White
House
declined
to
weigh
in
on
the
filibuster
debate
Friday,
Rep.
Ayanna
Pressley,
didn’t
mince
words
on
where
she
stood. 

“It’s
long
past
time
to
end
the
Jim
Crow
Filibuster,”
the
Massachusetts
“Squad”
member
wrote
on
Twitter. 

With
the
Senate
split
50-50
and
Vice
President
Kamala
Harris
offering
a
tie-breaking
vote,
Sen.
Minority
Leader
Mitch
McConnell
has
been
fighting
to
get
Majority
Leader
Chuck
Schumer
to
rule
out
nuking
the
60-vote
hurdle
to
end
debate
on
most
legislation. 

Barack
Obama
related
the
filibuster
to
Jim
Crow
in
a
memorial
service
for
the
iconic
late
Rep.
John
Lewis,
D-Ga. 


SANDERS
ON
DEMS
GETTING
LEGISLATION
THROUGH
WITH
FILIBUSTER:
‘DAMN
RIGHT
WE
WILL’

“You
want
to
honor
John?
Let’s
honor
him
by
revitalizing
the
law
that
he
was
willing
to
die
for,”
Obama
said
referring
to
the
Voting
Rights
Act.
“And
if
all
this
takes
eliminating
the
filibuster

another
Jim
Crow
relic

in
order
to
secure
the
God-given
rights
of
every
American,
then
that’s
what
we
should
do.”

But
the
filibuster
is
not
tied
to
the
Jim
Crow
era.
In
1805,
Vice
President
Aaron
Burr,
presiding
over
the
senate,

removed
what
he
believed
to
be
redundant
language
from
the
Senate
rule
book
and
cut
the 
“previous
question
motion”
which
would
have
allowed
a
majority
of
lawmakers
to
end
debate
and
force
a
vote
on
a
bill.
Senators
over
the
course
of
the
19th
and
20th
centuries
tried
to
reinstate
the
previous
question
motion,
but
their
opponents
would
kill
it
by
filibuster. 


PSAKI
WON’T
SAY
WHERE
BIDEN
STANDS
ON
FILIBUSTER 

It
took
until
1917
for
the
Senate
to
enact
a
“cloture”
rule,
taking
away
the
power
from
a
single
senator
or
group
of
senators
from
thwarting
debate
on
their
own.
From
then
on,
a
new
rule
allowed
two-thirds
of
senators
to
agree
to
cut
off
debate
and
bring
a
bill
to
the
floor.
That
fraction
was
changed
to
three-fifths
in
1975.

Some
historians
say
that
the
filibuster
has
been
used
to
obstruct
civil
rights
legislation
in
the
past,
but
more
recently
the
more
daring
members
of
both
parties
have
called
to
eliminate
it. 

President
Trump
repeatedly
browbeat
McConnell
over
the
current
filibuster
rule
for
legislation,
when
Republicans
only
held
a
51-49
advantage
in
the
Senate.

Nixing
the
filibuster
can
be
done
by
a
mere
50-plus-one
majority
if
Senate
Democrats
decide
to
do
so.
That
is
what
Democrats
did,
using
a
“nuclear
option”
for
lower-court
nominations
during
former
President
Obama’s
time
in
office,
and
what
Republicans
did
for
Supreme
Court
nominations
during
President
Trump’s
term. 

As
McConnell
and
Schumer
spar
over
power-sharing
in
their
split
Senate,
the
plan
remains
at
an
impasse
over
the
filibuster
issue. 

“I’ve
been
heartened
to
hear
my
colleague
say
he
wants
the
same
rules
from
the
2000s
to
apply
today.
Because
certainly
20
years
ago
there
was
no
talk
of
tearing
down
long-standing
minority
rights
on
legislation,”
McConnell
said
in
floor
remarks
Thursday.
“The
legislative
filibuster
is
a
crucial
part
of
the
Senate.
Leading
Democrats
like
President
Biden
himself
have
long
defended
it.”

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McConnell
then
accused
Democrats
of
“liberally”
using
the
filibuster
to
block
GOP
legislation
during
the
past
six
years
that
Republicans
controlled
the
Senate.
Democrats
did
this
on
notable
occasions
in
2020
when
Republicans
brought
up
police
reform
legislation
and
coronavirus
relief
bills
that
Democrats
did
not
think
were
ambitious
enough.


Fox
News’
Tyler
Olson
contributed
to
this
report. 

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