Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ripped into Democrats for blocking a narrow coronavirus aid package while at the same time promising to rid the Senate of the filibuster they used to prevent the measure from moving to the floor for debate.
McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, warned Senate Democrats, if they take the majority in the November election, will move to get rid of the 60-vote threshold required to pass legislation and revert to a simple majority.
“This threat to permanently disfigure the Senate has been the latest growing drumbeat in the modern Democratic Party war against our governing institutions,” McConnell said Monday on the Senate floor.
McConnell accused Democrats of “shameless hypocrisy” for using the filibuster to block the GOP coronavirus bill last week.
“Democrats want completely different sets of rules, depending on whether or not they hold power,” McConnell said. “They want to assert minority rights when they have the minority and steamroll them if they