Ilhan Omar says Democrats need to grow their “backbone” and abolish filibuster to overcome Republican opposition

& Lt; p & gt; Contact Ilhan Omar, Minnesota, Thursday, March 11, 2021 at the Capitol, Washington.  & Lt; / p & gt; ((AP photo / J. Scott Applewhite))

Ilhan Omar, Minnesota, at the Washington Capitol on Thursday, March 11, 2021.

((AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite))

Joe Biden may have run for president as a sort of unification candidate, but Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar said Democrats “raised the spine” and stopped worrying too much about transpartisanity on the agenda. Opposition to strong Republicans stating that filibuster should be abolished if passing head-on.

“The Democratic Party cannot repeat the mistakes of 2009. We must abolish the filibuster and mobility laws that help bring progress to the American people,” she tweeted Wednesday. “Let’s grow the backbone.”

Comments came in response to a statement from Republican Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, who told reporters Wednesday that he was focusing on preventing the Biden administration from “turning America into a socialist country.” It was.

“100 percent of my focus is on stopping this new administration,” McConnell said. “The president may have won the nomination, but Bernie Sanders won the debate about what the new administration should be.”

For Mr. Omar and others, these comments are reminiscent of what McConnell said in the early 2009 of the Obama administration. National Journal, “The only most important thing we want to achieve is President Obama. First president.. “

Following Mr. Biden’s recent joint reconciliation speech to Congress, minority leaders Criticized that the president was not bipartisan enough..

After Biden took office, he and McConnell were friends and colleagues in the Senate for over 30 years, but there was hope that they would be better off than the scorched earth operations of the Trump era.

Critics point to the $ 1.9 trillion Covid bailout package, the result of the Biden administration’s signature so far, as proof that this is not happening: it passed without Republican support.

The president did not seem to be too worried about the threat of his powerful Republican responders on his part.

“Look, he said in our last administration, Barack (Obama, that) was going to stop everything-and I was able to accomplish a lot with him.” And Mr. Biden Told reporters At the White House on Wednesday.

Still, Democrats, who make up the majority in the Senate and the House of Representatives, need to find a way to get the agenda through Congress.

Some, like Ms. Omar, are calling for the abolition of filibuster. This is a Senate procedural tactic that stagnates legislative passage until a majority of 60 Senators vote continuously, effectively closing most bipartisan and less popular bills. How to do it.

Theoretically, all 50 Democratic senators You can vote to end the filibuster, So-called “nuclear option”, but middle-class Democrats like West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Cinema Oppose abolishing the mechanism..

Until relations between parties warm up or the Senate becomes the core, the Biden administration will release a full version of its agenda on key issues such as expanding voting rights, reforming police, rebuilding infrastructure, and opening immigration. You won’t be able to get it through.

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