Headlines for March 17, 2021

The debate over the Senate filibuster continues in Washington, D.C. On Tuesday, President Biden said he supports a return to the “talking filibuster,” which requires senators to delay a bill by talking on the Senate floor. Earlier in the day, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell threatened he would go “scorched earth” if Democrats move to eliminate the filibuster, turning the Senate into “a hundred-car pile-up,” and warned Republicans would retaliate with conservative laws if and when they retake the Senate. On Monday, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin took to the floor to call for an end to what he called “legislative rock bottom.”

Sen. Dick Durbin: “Today, nearly 65 years after Strom Thurmond’s marathon defense of Jim Crow, the filibuster is still making a mockery of American democracy. The filibuster is still being misused by some senators to block legislation urgently needed and supported by a strong majority of the American people.”

At least two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, have objected to doing away with the filibuster, though Manchin recently indicated he may be open to reforming it.

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