Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Storms hit the press and destroy the filibuster argument
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) MP told Chuck Todd that democratic politics were popular and destroyed the argument to keep the filibuster.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez MP (D-NY) tears up the argument for leaving the filibuster at Meet The Press and asks the one fundamental question, “Wouldn’t it be better to give people three years of health care and voting rights instead? Of zero years? ” pic.twitter.com/v8PTd8Wthh
– Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) June 27, 2021
Asked about the argument about keeping the filibuster, Ocasio-Cortez said:
It is essentially an argument to be said well, why do anything other than if something is in our future may have changed it. Political systems happen all over the world Legislation with Majorities, and they are fine, and here is the thing.
Once enacted democratic legislation Is popular. Republicans have tried to undermine social security. You tried to reverse the ACA. They have tries to Recourse to legislation that passed with a simple majority the Senate andhey couldn’t because democratic politics Popular. And once they take effect, they will are politically very difficult cancel.
So I don’t believe in them Defeatism to say that we are going to lose the future, andhis will means automatic that everything we do now goes on be turned over so we won’t do it now everything.
Our job is to make laws. Our job is to help people. Our job is to do as much as possible. Even if that were the case, it wouldn’t it is better to provide medical care to people and Voting right for three years instead of zero years? Even if you admit that I don’t think it’s true in the ffirst place. Furthermore, the argument is Okay, why 60 votes and why not Stop at 70 votes or 80 votes for pass any laws.
Why defend a filibuster with 60 votes when the Senate strengthens the minority Power. So that the 50 Democratic Senators already represent mMillions of Americans more than the 50 Republican Senators, aAnd so I would argue that 50 Republican Senators is already one built-in kind of filibusteresque Firewall.
AOC was right. The argument for the filibuster is based on the idea of sacrificing performance today in order to protect potential minority power in the future.
The filibuster was not intended to promote minority tyranny. The filibuster should be a final option, not a lazy step to call in to stop the advancement of legislation.
Members of Congress are elected to serve and perform for their constituents. They are not sent to DC to protect their own political power. The filibuster is about to go away, and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez has made a compelling case not to get rid of it now instead of waiting for Republicans to do it later.
Mr. Easley is the executive editor of the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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