Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on the Senate floor on Monday that Democrats’ talk of scrapping the filibuster would “permanently disfigure” Congress’s upper chamber.
McConnell said, “This threat to permanently disfigure, to disfigure the Senate, has been the latest growing drumbeat in the modern Democratic Party’s war against our governing institutions.”
McConnell’s comments arise as several Senate Democrats have pushed to remove the Senate filibuster if former Vice President Joe Biden were to become the 46th president.
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) reportedly started pushing Senate Democrats to abandon the Senate filibuster.
“I will not stand idly by for four years and watch the Biden administration’s initiatives blocked at every turn,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) said in June.
He added that he would “try really hard to find a path forward that doesn’t require removing what’s left of the structural guardrails, but if there’s a Biden administration, it will be