Tré Easton, a former Senate staffer now working with the progressive group Battle Born Collective, said: “After we get past this Covid relief package, there is just a litany of things that have to get done . . . and the biggest impediment to that is going to be the filibuster.”
“One of the biggest lessons that Republicans learned in the ’09 and ’10 era is they could basically obstruct everything and not suffer at the ballot box,” said Tre Easton, a senior adviser at the liberal Battle Born Collective.
“It demonstrates that Biden’s victory is, at most, a reprieve from the threat of minority rule by white conservatives. Short of urgent action by Democrats, Republicans will take back power despite representing a minority of voters.”
In the Senate, the power to issue rulings resides in the Presiding Officer, not the Parliamentarian. Indeed, it is in keeping with the tradition of the Senate for the Presiding Officer to use their judgment on questions of Senate procedure. This used to be the unquestioned norm. Even in modern times, as the Vice President began presiding less frequently and the Senate shifted to a model that was more reliant on staff, there is precedent for the Presiding Officer using their own judgment to issue rulings.
Tonight, Battle Born Collective, Justice Democrats, Data For Progress, Sunrise Movement, and New Deal Strategies put out the following statement on the Senate Parliamentarian’s ruling against including a $15 minimum wage increase in budget reconciliation:
“A common way senators filibuster bills is by signaling their objection, often without explaining their reasoning, Adam Jentleson, a former longtime Senate aide and author of the book Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of Modern Democracy, told NPR.”