Robert Reich explains why the Senate filibuster is so toxic
Former United States Secretary of Labor Robert Reich released a new video on Tuesday excoriating the Senate for failing to abolish the filibuster, which he explained is the reason that Congress so frequently appears to get accomplish little to nothing.
Most Senate Democrats support reforming or eliminating the arcane, Jim Crow-era obstructionist tactic, which is not mentioned in the Constitution. But two holdouts – Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona – have blocked all of their party's attempts to do so. Senate Republicans, meanwhile, are unanimously opposed to junking the filibuster because of the legislative leverage it gives them.
"Why doesn’t Congress get anything done? Well, one chamber actually does. Hundreds of bills have been passed by the House of Representatives, but have been blocked from even getting a vote in the Senate. Bills like The Freedom to Vote Act, The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, The Equality Act, Background checks for gun sales, Reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, The Protecting the Right to Organize Act, The Build Back Better Act. The list goes on," Reich said.
"So why aren’t these crucial bills getting a vote in the Senate?" he continued," because the filibuster makes it impossible."
The Real Reason Congress Gets Nothing Done | Robert Reichwww.youtube.com
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