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McConnell Had a Questionable Explanation for Why 'the Senate Was Created' and People Brought the Receipts

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During his time as Majority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) became infamous for his willingness to throw precedent and protocol to the wind in order to pass Republican initiatives and stall Democratic ones.

But after key victories in Georgia Senate races earlier this year, McConnell was relegated to Senate Minority Leader as Democrats took a razor-thin majority in the chamber.

With the latest wave of pandemic relief narrowly passed, Senate Democrats' eyes are now on the passage of the For the People Act, a landmark voting rights package passed by the House earlier this month, designed to counteract Republican efforts to suppress the votes of Americans across the country.

The biggest obstacle of its passage is the Senate filibuster, which requires that most bills reach a 60 vote threshold for passage. While a significant number of Senate Democrats have expressed support for abolishing the filibuster altogether, complete elimination doesn't have sufficient support among the caucus thanks to moderate Democrats like Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

Until that number changes, filibuster reform seems in reach. Manchin expressed a willingness to discuss it and Sinema is facing significant pressure from her constituents to ease her position. President Joe Biden recently expressed support for reinstating the talking filibuster.

But in a blistering Senate floor speech earlier this week, McConnell insisted that any move from Democrats to alter the 60 vote threshold would result in a scorched earth Senate the likes of which they'd never seen as soon as Republicans took power again.

McConnell went on the conservative Fox News network shortly after to deliver his talking points to its millions of Republican viewers.

Watch below.

McConnell told Fox News' Harris Faulkner:

"The Senate was created on purpose, Harris, not to function like the House. To slow things down, to kill bad ideas, to force bipartisanship. All the things the Democrats believed in as long as there was a Republican in the White House are conveniently thrown aside, as soon as they think there is a chance they could advance their steam roller agenda, which the American people certainly did not give them a mandate to pursue in last November's election."

Despite what McConnell would have the American people believe, the Senate filibuster is not in the U.S. Constitution and as only made theoretically possible by a change in Senate rules in 1806. It wasn't used until 1837. For over a century afterwards, it would be used to preserve racist Jim Crow laws and limit civil rights legislation.

People responded to McConnell's characterization of the Senate and corrected the record on the filibuster.






They also called out the hypocrisy of McConnell and the Republican party's position.




As Democrats move to maintain their majority by passing the legislation on which they campaigned, the filibuster battle is just beginning.