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Calls Grow to Retire Relic of Slavery & Jim Crow to Make Senate More Democratic

President Joe Biden has promised swift motion on the pandemic, the financial disaster, and extra, however a lot of his agenda hinges on whether or not he can get sufficient assist within the Senate, the place an unprecedented variety of payments in recent times has required a 60-vote supermajority to be able to overcome filibusters.

Many progressives and civil rights teams have urged Democratic leaders to kill the filibuster, warning that in the event that they don’t, Senate Republicans will hinder Biden’s plans simply as they did with the Obama administration.

Former Senate aide Adam Jentleson, writer of the brand new ebook “Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy,” says the filibuster has traditionally been used to cease racial progress and thwart majority opinion. “The framers … did not want the filibuster to exist,” he says. “When they created the Senate, it was an institution that had no filibuster power. It was designed to be a majority-rule body.”

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