Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) stated in a Fox News interview on Wednesday that proposals for a talking filibuster are “a fancy way of saying ‘end the filibuster,'” making it easier for Senate Democrats to pass legislation with only a simple majority.
“When the person stops talking, then they will pass their radical agenda through,” Cruz noted.
I hope they don’t do that. I hope they don’t play those kind of games. If they do, I think you can expect Republicans doing everything humanly possible to fight, but if they can hold their 50 votes, that will be a very, very dangerous time for our nation.
The comments came during Fox News Primetime, responding to current Senate Democrat plans to support a talking filibuster. The proposed change would allow Democrats to preserve the current filibuster, yet also work around it.
President Joe Biden stated in an interview on Tuesday he is in favor of the talking filibuster change.
“You have to do what it used to be when I first got to the Senate, back in the old days. You had to stand up and command the floor, you had to keep talking … so you’ve got to work for the filibuster,” he said.
Vice President Kamala Harris also supports the change. Fox News reported, “Harris’ office said that the vice president is aligned with President Biden on the issue of the filibuster.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) agrees with Cruz on the issue.
“So let me say this very clearly for all 99 of my colleagues. Nobody serving in this chamber can even begin to imagine what a completely scorched-earth Senate would look like,” McConnell said.
“None of us have served one minute in a Senate that was completely drained of comity and consent. This is an institution that requires unanimous consent to turn the lights on before noon, to proceed with a garden-variety floor speech.”