McConnell Threatens ‘Scorched Earth’ Senate if Dems End Filibuster

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America via Wikimedia Commons

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a scathing speech to Senate Democrats attempting to nix the legislative filibuster saying he would turn the Senate into a “100 car pileup” to block the “most basic aspects” of business in the upper chamber. McConnell’s threats come amid increased chatter between Dems about nixing the filibuster.

Fox News reports:

“So let me say this very clearly for all 99 of my colleagues. Nobody serving in this chamber can even begin to imagine what a completely scorched-earth Senate would look like,” McConnell said. “None of us have served one minute in a Senate that was completely drained of comity and consent. This is an institution that requires unanimous consent to turn the lights on before noon, to proceed with a garden-variety floor speech.”

McConnell added: “I want our colleagues to imagine a world where every single task, every one of them, requires a physical quorum. Which, by the way, the vice president does not count in determining a quorum. This chaos would not open up an express lane for liberal change … The Senate would be more like a 100-car pileup, nothing moving.”

McConnell made similar threats in January while he was negotiating an organizing resolution with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. McConnell was demanding that the agreement include a written commitment to protect the filibuster, but he relented after multiple Democratic senators committed to preserving the 60-vote threshold for bills.

McConnell also quoted Schumer calling the filibuster the “most important distinction between the Senate and the House.” He also warned that “majorities are actually never permanent” and said that Republicans, when they are back in control of the Senate, wouldn’t “just erase every liberal change” but implement a litany of their preferred policies with “zero input for the other side.”

However, Democrats Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema have both made public comments opposing ending the filibuster. Manchin did imply he would be open to making the filibuster “harder” to use politically, possibly supporting reimplementing a standing filibuster. The current filibuster forces the Senate to have 60 votes to end debate on a piece of legislation and only forces the filibustering senators to vote against ending debate.

Later, McConnell also blasted Democrats for attempting to use a “Trojan horse” to sneak millions of dollars for Secretary Buttigieg’s infrastructure bill past Americans and Republicans by claiming it’s part of the reconciliation process.

McConnell predicted, “I think the Trojan horse will be called infrastructure. But inside the trojan horse will be all the tax increases…my suspicion is they [Democrats] will try to jam everything they can into that [reconciliation] bill and call it an infrastructure bill.”



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John Strom
John Strom
8 months ago

McConnell is like Lindsey Graham. He TALKS a great fight but when it comes right down to it, Mitch ONLY looks out for ….. Mitch. He stabbed President Trump in the back many times. He is no leader, but manipulative and dishonest. Trump IS a leader and he IS honest

R Wampler
R Wampler
8 months ago
Reply to  John Strom

Mitch can recognize the difference between the doable and impossible Let him be. At the present time he is our last great hope to deter total chaos.

True American
True American
8 months ago
Reply to  R Wampler

Never put thy faith in false hope.

anniedawn
8 months ago
Reply to  True American

That shold be “Never put thy faith in lying DEMOCRATS”.

mtman2
mtman2
8 months ago
Reply to  anniedawn

Nor in RINO sellouts like Mtch McCONnell…!

Patricia Outlaw
8 months ago
Reply to  mtman2

AMEN!!!!

Patricia Outlaw
8 months ago
Reply to  R Wampler

Well if THAT is true we are in big, big trouble. Mitch is a worthless slime ball.

Steve
Steve
8 months ago

It is, and we are!

Jay
Jay
8 months ago
Reply to  R Wampler

The is the doable threshold for Micth is very low

Kim Moline
8 months ago
Reply to  John Strom

I never liked talk of it before but the time has come for this nation to divide! Half the citizens hate this country and the constitution. Let them have their socialism, gun confiscation, high taxes, green bad deal, WHO, Paris accord, prohibition on fossil fuels, abortiion, anti-1st amendment nonsense, and Godlessness. The states that choose freedom will clean their clocks in growth, fiscal responsibility, production, and most of all LIBERTY! I don’t see any chance for reconciliation anymore. It was the beginning of the end when leftists took over the schools, outlawed God, and stopped teaching American History and the Constitution. The only way those who hate this country will learn now is to experience socialism close up! Debate has been all but outlawed. When they lose (and they always do) they scream hate speech- and the media complies. Unfortunately, the relationsbip is now irreconcilable.

T Ferguson
T Ferguson
8 months ago
Reply to  Kim Moline

I am on Kim’s side! I am so sick of Biden that I have stopped looking at or listening to him or his boss, Kamala (how do you get Komala out of that?) Anyway, keep preaching Kim!

Linda Kay Hayman
8 months ago
Reply to  T Ferguson

Any party that will kill their own unborn babies without hesitation will pay the price for their choices. The Lord said, “Every choice bears it’s own consequences”. Guess we all know where there will be TONS of heat for each one of them. May God forgive our country for the changes Biden is making.

Mac
Mac
8 months ago
Reply to  Kim Moline

In time the media that’s here now will be gone never to return…

Mac
Mac
8 months ago
Reply to  John Strom

Amen

Mac
Mac
8 months ago
Reply to  John Strom

Yep most of them do but never do anything. Just like the vaccine. Ppl that had the shot are still getting covid. Explain that one to me. Ppl that didn’t have covid got it after the shot. Explain that to me??? And I believe it’s a fake to rule you what you can do or not!!!
Reluctantly I think covid is here but not as bad as they say and of course ppl are dieing from this virus like they do from the flu. Matter of factly no one has died from the flu since covid came out. We are gonna all be amazed when the truth be known. God bless you and your families. God always prevails

Walter Goddard
Walter Goddard
8 months ago

So, let us proclaim an ode to hope!
…After the Haaland and Garland appointments, I will not hold my breath.

Luis Fioretti
Luis Fioretti
8 months ago

I wouldn’t trust this POS as far as I can throw him. It is time for him to resign, he can NOT be trusted, America needs TERM LIMITS!

Linda Kay Hayman
8 months ago
Reply to  Luis Fioretti

Every government office NEEDS TERM LIMITS !!! NOTHING will ever change with all the old farts that stay in office for their life !!! This needs to end.

Carole Nice
Carole Nice
8 months ago

Time to vote the dinosaurs out of the house and the senate

Oty
Oty
8 months ago
Reply to  Carole Nice

So why don’t we begin with Pelosi, Schumer, Maxine Waters, Feinstein, Biden and that other fat chubby guy from NY… we will be getting rid of about 1000 years

anniedawn
8 months ago
Reply to  Oty

You haven’t heard? A young man who ran against her is suing Mad Maxine for defamation. She tried to get the case thrown our of court but the judge said NO! The man served 13 years in the NAVY with honor and, I believe she tried to make it look as if he had been dishonorably discharged among other attacks against him.

Linda Kay Hayman
8 months ago
Reply to  Oty

Why have these people been able to stay in office for so long? They are all a bunch of trash ! Pelosi needs to be in a mental ward and the key lost forever. All they know how to do is lie..lie…lie ! Guess I need to send them all copies of the Ten Commandments ! Thou shall not bear fasle withness against thy neighbor or thou shall not kill, plus 8 more.

Keith C. Haas
8 months ago
Reply to  Carole Nice

While term limits require legislators to implement, which will likely never happen, the more sensible approach is to vote them out. That said we need honest fair elections. 2020 has shown us that honest elections are no longer a safe bet . We need to take steps to change that, because term limits are not under our control unless we have the power to hold elections that are not subjected to significant corruption . We have zero power over our government unless we have honest elections.

DJJ
DJJ
8 months ago
Reply to  Keith C. Haas

Go to Convention of States youtube view “Biden’s fundamental mistakes” video and listen all the way through. Read up on Convention of States PLEASE. It is coming like it or not. It is the only way to really drain the swamp.

Mac
Mac
8 months ago
Reply to  DJJ

Gitmo is expanded now

Billy Bob
Billy Bob
8 months ago
Reply to  Keith C. Haas

Each district votes for slugs they think will provide them with the most handouts. Therefore the slugs will most always be put right back in the house and senate. The house being the worst of the lot.

Kitty
Kitty
8 months ago
Reply to  Keith C. Haas

Virginia state just passed term limits

Mac
Mac
8 months ago
Reply to  Keith C. Haas

By the ppl for the ppl
They stole that with the vote. They sold out their own country. Dumb A s s e s

Linda Kay Hayman
8 months ago
Reply to  Keith C. Haas

The people of this country NEEDS to remind the Government that WE THE PEOPLE PAY TAXES AND THEIR SALARY ! WE somehow we to change all this nonsence.

Mac
Mac
8 months ago
Reply to  Carole Nice

Needs ppl with a pair of balls.

Wondering Woman
Wondering Woman
8 months ago
Reply to  Carole Nice

Forget the voting out – takes too long & too difficult with Voter Fraud Organization in charge. We should take back our country by demanding the national guard there to protect these deep state establishment INSIDERS against an imaginary threat – while they plot to finish destroying our nation from within, arrest these enemy comvbatatnts of our nation, detain them while awaiting trials on charges of 6+ decades of treason, crimes against humaity and their 4+ years of INTERNAL COUP AGAINST PRESIDENT TRUMP, and give them their due process trials;.

Susan Lindauer
Susan Lindauer
8 months ago

Do it, McConnell! Scorched earth is what We the People want!
NO Election fraud legislation.
NO attacks on the 2nd Amendment.
Stop Censoring Free Speech.

Rhesa F. Cook
Rhesa F. Cook
8 months ago

BRING BACK OUR GREATEST PRESIDENT TRUMP T R U M P TRUMP YES YES YES BRING HIM BACK WITH HONORS!!!!!

Rosa
Rosa
8 months ago
Reply to  Rhesa F. Cook

If a student in college is found guilty of cheating on a critical test, what happens to him/her? Typically, they are dismissed from the school or in best case they would have to take a different test with constant vigilance. Why does this article state “now it’s too late?” It is not too late to correct something of this magnitude! Why isn’t anyone talking about “the elephant in the room”? Fear, perhaps? Donald Trump has demonstrated that fear paralysis people which is what so many Americans (the sheeple, if you wish), are experiencing. Everyone is talking about 2024 when in fact, the change MUST occur NOW! At this rate, by 2024, we’ll be in a “Hunger Games” scenario!

Linda Kay Hayman
8 months ago
Reply to  Rosa

If I had my way, this whole election would be stomped on. LET’S REDO THE WHOLE THING AND WITHOUT MAIL-IN BALLOTS AND EVERY VOTE MUST BE VERIFIED AND EVERY VOTER MUST BE REGISTERED !!! IF THEY ARE NOT, THEN THERE IS NO VOTE FROM THEM.

Linda Kay Hayman
8 months ago
Reply to  Rhesa F. Cook

Trump should be in the White House right now, as the American voters elected him. The dishonest cheats want the FREE THIS and FREE THAT believes Biden will just hand out every thing they want for nothing, will soon find out how the Democrats lied to them. What will they do then? TRUMP NEEDS TO BE BACK AS OUR PRESIDENT!
These people need to get off their butts and find a job.

Naomi Christensen
Naomi Christensen
8 months ago

Don’t trust “the turtle” farther than I can throw him…….
Big mouth, loud words, no action.

Vanessa Harris
Vanessa Harris
8 months ago

Never trust a Rino!!!

Frank Gray
Frank Gray
8 months ago

Sic semper tyrannis. He is a snake and not an ally. It is time to deal with the swamp. Term ;limits are but one step towards disrupting the corruption.

Linda Kay Hayman
8 months ago
Reply to  Frank Gray

YES,DRAIN THE SWAMP AS TRUMP WAS DOING !!!

Ray
Ray
8 months ago

Yea , okay . You and the other worthless Republicans are where We The People are today. You couldn’t handle We The People winning with The Greatest President Trump. Your a loser and there is nothing more you enjoy then leading from Beijing Biden’s behind . Go home while we watch Progressives destroy our great Nation. POS

Phil Hammersley
Phil Hammersley
8 months ago

Anything Mitch does will be to help MITCH. If it happens to help the rest of us, that’s just a coincidence. He’s a snake who Trump kept mainly under control for 4 years. Hopefully, he’ll be gone (some way) at the end of this term!

George
8 months ago

These “political maneuvers’ in Washington are beyond belief! The filibuster is to help the “minority party” in the Senate. NO “CLUE” what reconciliation is, except it’s the new “name” for the Sacrament of Penance in the Catholic Church. The “physical quorum”, I. would ASSUME is Senators physically PRESENT in the Senate & for ?what?… “It” must have ?something? to do with stopping the “steam rolling” Dems “somehow”. These people have been in there SO LONG, that “they” can come up with a 1776 “law” that would apply to “today’s” government & with the “thees” & “thous”, they’d get away with it!

Elias
Elias
8 months ago

I am so weary of all the political rhetoric,threats,un-cooperation,personal attacks,cancel culture,bills passed without consensus from the other side, straight out lies regarding what is passed within a given bill like the Stimulus package which contains considerable amounts (majority) of cash for non Covid-19 related issues.
I sense the people are getting very tired and anxious about the government spending their tax dollars on wasteful things running the US debt to unsustainable levels with China breathing down our necks.
There may come a point where things are so out of control that people just stop participating. For example, I could foresee something like a mass underground multi state coordinated organization and agreement among the average taxpayers in the middle class, especially, to just stop paying taxes if those taxes are being wasted on pet projects,foreign interests not benefiting American citizens and a host of other pork e.g. the most recent Stimulus bill.
There was no transparency to the American public. All the media reported on and the government talked about were the stimulus checks. No one really presented to the American people a line by line account of what money is going where and why other than the Stimulus checks and small business assistance.
It may sound like a theme for a movie and most, myself included, doubt that such an organization could occur and then remain solid when the threats and attacks start coming from federal and local authorities. But think for a moment. What if 10 or 20 or 30 million people were so resolute that they did just that. No more taxes paid until we have total transparency on where our tax dollars are going,why and how that will benefit US citizens.What could the government do? Arrest everyone;take their property and put liens on everything—–that would cause a civil uprising and disturbance the likes not seen since the American Revolution. Just saying…………

Barbara
Barbara
8 months ago

NOW TO THE RINO’S WHO STUCK BIDEN ON US- AND SCREWED US BY BACK STABBING TRUMP ——– YOU GET OFF YOUR ASSES AND YOU FIGHT THESE SOCIALIST DEMS WITH EVERYTHING YOU GOT. AND YOU FIND A WAY TO GET PELSOI AND SCHUMER GONE WHO IS DESTROYING THE PEOPLE AND OUR COUNTRY. . BECAUSE OF THE DEMS SOCIALIST AGENDA MORE AND MORE PEOPLE WON’T BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU ANY MONEY FOR YOUR RE-ELECTION — THAT IS HOW BAD IT IS ALREADY. – WHY FOOD GASOLINE TAXES, YOU NAME IT AND NOW WE ARE PAYING THROUGH THE NOSE THAT IS WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO US. THE PEOPLE KNEW WHO WAS GOING TO HELP OUR COUNTRY AND EASE UP ON THE COST OF EVERYTHING ——- AND YOU DAMN RINO’S SCREWED US BIG TIME. . YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW BETTER THEN THE PEOPLE— THANKS FOR NOTHING. NOW BRAIN STORM AND THINK AND GET US SOME RELIEF.—NOW.! FORGET THE MONEY UNTILL TO DO SOMETHNG TO HELP.!!!

mtman2
mtman2
8 months ago

McCONnel had this very “Gun Control” under him when he was Leader BUT kept putting it off – AND – he helped shut P-DJT out of his fairly won 2020 relection.

~ ie = all RINO’s must be Primaried OUT of Congress PERIOD…!!!

Henry
Henry
8 months ago

When are the Ameerican people going to realize that Democrats are “no damn good”. If they could be lined up outside the Capitol and run down on the road in toto it would be a blessing to the nation.

Randy
Randy
8 months ago

McConnell still can’t be trusted. He’s part of the swamp too.

graydog
graydog
8 months ago

Another bunch of bullroar from that empty sack they call McConnell !! He is most of the reason Communist Democrats are in power!! McConnell and that dung head Paul Ryan had the majority’s in the House and Senate first two years of President Trumps term and they done everything they could to harm his agenda! Ryan and McConnell suck and cannot believe a word they say!!!!!!!!!!

THOMAS
THOMAS
8 months ago

Mitch is so full of Bull Squirt !
He has not clue and does not care !
We need to drop him like a hot rock !

scot-belle
scot-belle
8 months ago

Okay, Senator McConnell, you’ve “warned” the DemocRats,
but talk is cheap, now stand by that warning and……… DO IT.

G BAR RED
G BAR RED
8 months ago

GRAND STANDING MARBLE MOUTH JUST TRYING TO SAVE HIS ASS BACK HOME !

wvcitizen
8 months ago

Joe Manchin will vote with Schumer and he represents Joe Manchin and not sure he represents WV.

ProBiz
ProBiz
8 months ago

Talk is cheap McTurtle. Where were you during the Election Fraud? Where were you during the $1.9 TRILLION demonKKKrat pork-filled “stimulus”?
McTurtle only wants enough power to protect Elaine’s family chi-com shipping biz. Nothing else matters.
McTurtle is a fraud…

Kim Moline
8 months ago

Unfortunately, even this site has edited (eliminated) my opinion that the time has come for the U.S, to split- the socialist states vs. those that honor the original constitution. Those that support higher taxes, the WHO, abortion, elimination of the 1st and 2nd amendments, the Green bad deal, the Paris accord, redistribution of wealth, and Godlessness should get to see the fruits of those policies. I would gladly move to a state that actually follows the constitution as intended!

Noe Rodriguez
8 months ago

We need stronger back bone senators, that not only talk, but do what they say. McConnell voice and opinions are as lose as his neck. Too much flapping in the throat area, like an old Turkey.

Mike
Mike
8 months ago

You better do something to stop the dem shenanigans you old fool.

SHRW
8 months ago

I never know what to expect from McConnell. Most of the time he seems to be weak kneed and spineless. But at times he comes across strong. Let us hope for the best.

Oldclimber
Oldclimber
8 months ago

What makes these Republican “leaders” think that they can get away with tactics the Demorats use ? The Republicans have let the Dems walk all over them for the last 50 years, by allowing the commandeering of the media and mechanisms of government. Now that 85% of the government is Dem and could care less about the law, the Dems are backed by a Dem corrupted media, and millions of “gimme” or phantom voters who don’t even have to register. If the Republicans sit down and obstruct, Biden, Pelosi and company will just have them arrested and hauled off to gulags.

DAY
DAY
8 months ago

We have become the working taxpaying class against the Non working WELFARE RATS! Originally only land owners, tax payers in reality, could vote because they were the ones with the Skin in the Game! Now, freeloaders are destroying the country,, JUST LIKE HAPPENED TO ROME… Originally, senators were the State’s house, and were appointed by the State Legislatures!! THIS GUARANTEED STATES RIGHTS, AND WE WOULD NEVER HAVE HAD LIBERAL SOCIALIST MAJORITIES OF SENATORS LIKE WE NOW HAVE. REPEAL THE 17TH AMENDMENT AND RESTORE STATES RIGHTS TO APPOINT THEIR SENATORS… WHO APPROVE OF OUR JUDGES.. Liberal judges have shoved all this crap down our throats folks..

Damadem
Damadem
8 months ago

Let’s go ahead and have the revolutionary war ,it’s the only way – elections can no longer be relied on . Has anybody noticed that WE are the Hong Kong now ? Only difference is there’s a LOT more of us . Get prepared if you aren’t already.

Dale brown
8 months ago

How do you like them now Mitch?

Damadem
Damadem
8 months ago

Hey Mitch it’s a little late for getting your panties in wad when getting “tough “ with the Demoshits don’t ya think??

Carol
Carol
8 months ago

Dem’s are all liars

lin
lin
8 months ago

Democrats last change is why so many Constitutional judges were appointed during Trump’s Presidency. McConnell is reminding them what the last change they made cost them and how the current changes they are proposing could cost them in the future. Congress is supposed to work in a bipartisan manner irregardless of which party is in control, instead Democrats have embraced partisan politics. They do not care that their Republican counterparts represent just as many citizens as they do or that they are enacting policies that those counterpart citizens adamantly oppose.

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