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Back in 2005 then Senator Joe Biden said the he hopes Democrats never get rid of the filibuster when they are in charge.

Republicans were about to remove the filibuster for judicial nominees because Democrats were refusing to allow any of then President Bush’s important nominees to be confirmed.

On the Senate floor Biden said “Getting rid of the filibuster has long-term consequences. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years here, once you change the rules and surrender the Senate’s institutional power, you never get it back. And we’re about to break the rules to change the rules. I don’t want to hear about fair play from my friends. Under our rules, you’re required to get a two-thirds vote — I mean, excuse me, 60 votes to change the rules.”

He also added “The nuclear option abandons America’s sense of fair play. It is the one thing this country stands for: Not tilting the playing field on the side of those who control and own the field.”

Watch as Joe Biden states that he hopes Democrats will not remove or change the Senate filibuster when they are in power:

Read this transcript of Biden’s speech on the Senate floor, it is quite enlightening and very relevant to what is happening today:

Biden: ““Getting rid of the filibuster has long-term consequences. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my years here, once you change the rules and surrender the Senate’s institutional power, you never get it back. And we’re about to break the rules to change the rules. I don’t want to hear about fair play from my friends. Under our rules, you’re required to get a two-thirds vote — I mean, excuse me, 60 votes to change the rules.

Watch what happens, watch what happens when the Majority Leader stands up and says to the Vice President, if we go forward with this, and he calls the question. And one of us, I expect our leader on the Democratic side, will stand up and say, ‘Parliamentary inquiry, Mr. President. Is this parliamentary appropriate?’ And in every other case that I’ve been here in 32 years, the presiding officer leans down to the parliamentarian and says, ‘What’s the rule, Mr. Parliamentarian?’

The parliamentarian turns and tells him. Hold your breath, parliamentarian. He’s not going to look to you because he knows what you would say. He would say, this is not parliamentarily appropriate. You cannot change the Senate rules by a pure majority vote.

So if anybody thinks I’m exaggerating, watch on television. Watch when this happens and watch the Vice President ignore — he’s not required to look to an unelected officer. But that has been the practice for 218 years. He will not look down and say, ‘What is the ruling?’ He will make the ruling, which is a lie. A lie about the rule.

Isn’t what’s really going on here, the majority doesn’t want to hear what others have to say, even if it’s the truth?

Senator Moynihan, my good friend who I served with for years, said, ‘You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.’ The nuclear option abandons America’s sense of fair play. It is the one thing this country stands for: Not tilting the playing field on the side of those who control and own the field.

I say to my friends on the Republican side: You may own the field right now, but you won’t own it forever. And I pray God, when the Democrats take back control, we don’t make the kind of naked power grab you are doing. But I am afraid you will teach my new colleagues the wrong lesson.”

Article Source : thefederalistpapers.org
OPINION: This article contains commentary which reflects the author’s opinion
Reminder : The purpose of the articles that you will find on this website is to EDUCATE our opinions and not to disinform or grow hate and anger!


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