Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell: Rounds ‘told the truth’ about 2020 election McConnell will run for another term as leader despite Trump’s attacks Top Republicans pressing Hogan to run for Senate MOREOn Wednesday, (R-Ky.), offered a scathing rebuke to President BidenJoe BidenMcConnell: Rounds ‘told the truth’ about 2020 election Abrams thanks Biden for Georgia speech, backs call for Senate rules change Overnight Health Care — Biden officials take heat at Senate hearing MORE‘s speech in Georgia, in which the president pushed for voting rights and changing the legislative filibuster, saying that it was “abandoning rational persuasion for pure demagoguery.”
“Look, I’ve known, liked and personally respected Joe Biden for many years. I did not recognize the man at the podium yesterday. … The president’s rant, rant, yesterday was incoherent, incorrect and beneath his office,”McConnell spoke from the Senate Floor.
“Yesterday, with the world’s largest megaphone, he invoked the literal Civil War and said we are on the doorstep of autocracy. Talked about domestic enemies. Rhetoric unbecoming of a president of the United States,”He added.
McConnell’s comments come just days after Biden visited Georgia to make a high profile case for Senate Democrats to change the legislative filibuster. This requires 60 votes to allow most legislation to move forward. Over the past year, three of these bills were blocked by Republicans.
Biden, as part of his speech, framed the fight over voting rights as a matter of historical significance, suggesting lawmakers must decide whether they want to “be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis,”Referring to the former presidents of the United States and presidents of Confederacy.
McConnell and Biden were both in the Senate together, and they made deals together during Obama’s administration when Biden had been vice president.
Biden, however, stated in Georgia that he was an institutionalist but the Senate was broken. McConnell retorted on Wednesday, arguing Biden was given a mandate. “bridge a divided country, lower the temperature and dial down the perpetual air of crisis in our politics.”
“President Biden has chosen to fail his own test,”McConnell was also included.
Biden will be meeting with Senate Democrats on Thursday to press them to again pass voting rights legislation, and change the legislative filter. They will need to have the full support of all 50 Democratic senators in order to do this, which they don’t have yet. Democrats view voting rights as must-pass items, as GOP-controlled state legislatures pass new voting rules following the 2020 presidential campaign. Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMcConnell: Rounds were ‘told to the truth’ about 2020 Election Abrams thanks Biden, supports Senate rules changes Kerik to sit for a ‘voluntary Interview’ with Jan. 6, panel, attorney saysfalsely claimed she was “stolen.”
Democrats haven’t yet landed on a filibuster reform proposal as around-the-clock negotiations continue amongst members of the caucus. One option includes moving to a talking filibuster, where opponents could delay the bill for as long as they could hold the floor, but legislation would ultimately be able to pass with a simple majority. They are also looking at a compromise that would allow voting rights legislation to be passed without the need for 60 votes.
They are trying to influence Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinAbrams thanks Biden Georgia speech, backs Senate rules change Biden’s Georgia Speech was a call to save democracy, as we know it Stacey Abrams shocking snub at Harris signals possible 2024 aspirations(D.W.Va. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SilemaAbrams thanks Biden in Georgia for his speech, backs Senate rules changes Biden’s Georgia speech was a call by democracy to save democracy as it is now. Stacey Abrams’s shocking disregard for Biden, Harris signals possible 2024 aspirations(D-Ariz.), who refuse to vote to change the rules along party lines. Democrats warn that state-based laws could lead Democrats losing reelection.
“They’re saying things like I’ll lose my election if the legislature is allowed to do this in my state, we’ll lose our majority,”Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerClyburn: Update election law(D-N.Y.), during a Wednesday interview with MSNBC “Morning Joe.”