Let’s face it….
The US Senate is DESIGNED to work on a super majority of 60 votes….
The place has SO MANY rules and quirks that make it almost impossible for a simple majority to do much of anything….
Joe Biden, a creature of the place for decades, does NOT want to go ‘nuclear’ and wipe out these rules/procedures….
One would understand why….
Increasingly others do NOT have the patience and historical hold that Biden has….
And it appears that a whole Lot of Joe Biden’s promises and agenda will NOT get thru the US Senate…
In fact things have for any American President about executive policy making, that lasts during their terms and they are charged with the next President…
Congress has become politicised that it seldom does much of anything major….(535 people probably wouldn’t agree on anything either?)
The filibuster is in the way of any major change ….
It’s actually designed to do just that…
Get that 60 number on board for changes..
Not a simple majority vote….
Before it was just the Democratic left that wanted it relaxed (like the Republicans did)….
Even some Moderate Democrats thing think things should be changed for some cases…
Senate Majority leader Schumer is in a tough place…
While he certainly can try for the changes?
Two people are in his way….
West Virginia Democratic Senator Manchin….
President Joe Biden….
The Democratic Majority in the US Senate isn’t REALLY much of one is it, eh?
Some lawmakers believe that if a stack of popular bills passes the House but cannot get through the Senate, it would put critical pressure on Senate Democrats to consider revamping their system.
“The longer the Senate doesn’t function as it used to, pressure will keep building for changes that would allow overwhelmingly popular policies to move forward,” said Phil Schiliro, who headed legislative affairs in the Obama White House.
Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) has sidestepped questions about how Biden’s agenda could make it through the currently configured Senate.
“The bottom line is we’re going to come together as a caucus and figure out a way to get the bold action that the American people demand,” Schumer said recently. “We will put bills on the floor. We’re not going to be the legislative graveyard.”
Biden is uniquely situated to push a major change to the Senate proceedings, some Democrats say, because of his credibility as a Senate institutionalist. He served in the chamber for more than three decades and frequently speaks of it with affection.
In his previous stint in the executive branch, Biden showed flexibility. He supported the Obama administration’s push to end the filibuster on most judicial nominations, lobbying his former colleagues to make the change, said Ed Pagano, who was a legislative affairs aide in the White House at the time.
But Biden is also on the record defending Senate traditions like the parliamentarian’s rulings, saying in a 2005 floor speech that heeding them had “been the practice for 218 years.”
As for killing the filibuster — that, he warned at the time, would be “a fundamental power grab by the majority party.”….