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McConnell: Schumer Attempting to ‘Attack the Core Identity of the Senate’
Senate leaders Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are at loggerheads over the filibuster rule. (Photo by KEVIN DIETSCH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – “This week, on this floor, we are poised to witness something that has never happened before in living memory: An attempt to attack the core identity of the Senate by a sitting Senate Majority Leader,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in a floor speech on Monday.

McConnell quoted Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) as once saying that scrapping the filibuster would turn “the cooling saucer of democracy into the rubber stamp of dictatorship.” Schumer said it would “make this country into a banana republic…a doomsday for democracy.”

“Now he wants to trigger that doomsday himself,” McConnell said.

Schumer is determined to pass Democrat voting “rights” legislation, even if that means abolishing the Senate filibuster to do it. Under the filibuster rule, 60 votes are required to advance most Senate legislation.

“When I was majority leader, some in my own party urged me to break the Senate for our own party’s short-term gain. My answer was one word: ‘No,'” McConnell said. “The last time Senate Democrats were in the minority, 32 of them signed a letter demanding the legislative filibuster stay in place. Now many of them say they want to break our institution.”

McConnell said Senate Democrat leaders “are trying to use a big lie to bully and berate their own members into breaking their word, breaking the rules, and breaking the Senate.”

The “big lie,” McConnell says, is the Democrats’ insistence that Republicans want to suppress or subvert the vote, especially that of minorities.

“We’re going to spend all week sounding the alarm on the radical takeovers that some Democrats want to pull off. They want to silence millions of Americans and take over the Senate — so they can take over elections –so they can take over America.”

McConnell said most Americans believe current voting laws are too lax, not too restrictive.

But even beyond the immediate issue of federalizing voting laws, abolishing the filibuster “would cause a massive political power outage” for millions of Americans and entire states, McConnell warned:

The filibuster is not just about what bills are blocked. It is the sole feature that gives millions of Americans any voice at all in all the legislation that does pass whenever there is one-party control. Annual appropriations. Government funding bills. The NDAA. Rescue packages like the CARES Act.

For decades, both Senators and citizens have been able to take for granted that everybody gets a voice, even when we don’t have divided government. If this unique feature of the Senate is blown up, millions and millions of Americans’ voices will cease to be heard in this chamber.

A radical Senate takeover–for a radical elections takeover–for a radical takeover of our nation’s future.

What the Democratic Leader wants to do would not protect our democracy or our system of government. It would destroy a key feature of American government. Forever. And Senators on both sides know it.

You can read McConnell’s full remarks here.

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