Democrats Call To Eliminate Filibuster, Codify Roe V. Wade Into Law – But Run Into Manchin And Sinema

Democrat politicians are calling to eliminate the filibuster so the Senate can pass legislation to codify Roe v. Wade into law.

The call to action comes following an unprecedented leak of a draft opinion indicating the Supreme Court is prepared to overturn the landmark decision that legalized abortion.

The filibuster is designed to prolong debate and delay or prevent a vote on a bill. Ending debate requires the agreement of three-fifths (60) of Senators, or in today’s Congressional makeup – 10 Republicans would have to join the majority party.

Eliminate the filibuster, and suddenly a bill to codify abortion rights into law requires 50 votes in a Senate divided 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris giving the tie-breaking vote to the Democrats.

Candidates Demand Nuke of Filibuster

CNN reports that several Democrat candidates for Senate are now calling to end the filibuster in response to a Supreme Court decision that hasn’t even been handed down yet.

Representative Tim Ryan (D), vying for a Senate seat in Ohio, said “it’s time to end the filibuster … and fight like hell to make sure all Ohio families are free to make these critical decisions without interference from politicians in Columbus or Washington.”

Axios notes that the move is almost universally desired on the left.

“Democrats across the board are calling for the Senate to eliminate its filibuster so it can codify abortion rights into federal law,” they write.

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Biden Calls to Codify Roe v. Wade

President Biden responded to the leaked draft decision which could overturn Roe v. Wade by pushing for the codification of legal abortion into law.

“At the federal level, we will need more pro-choice Senators and a pro-choice majority in the House to adopt legislation that codifies Roe, which I will work to pass and sign into law,” Biden told reporters before boarding Air Force One on Tuesday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi concurred, pointing out that Democrats in the House had already voted to codify Roe into law.

“The radical, right-wing Supreme Court plan to uphold draconian abortion bans and overturn #RoeVWade strikes at the heart of our freedom, health and safety,” she tweeted.

“House Democrats have already voted to codify Roe and will continue to defend its protections against Republican sabotage.”

Odd how the Supreme Court was never described as radical or right-wing when they were making other decisions on health during the pandemic.

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) called for both the end of the filibuster and to codify Roe v. Wade. She also added a call for court-packing for good measure.

Senator Chuck Schumer has vowed to hold a vote on legislation to codify Roe v. Wade into law.

“A vote on this legislation is not an abstract exercise,” Schumer said on the floor of the Senate. “This is as urgent and real as it gets. We will vote to protect a woman’s right to choose and every American is going to see [on] which side every senator stands.”

Schumer also demanded a vote to force a rule change to the filibuster in an effort to get Democrat voting reform legislation rammed through Congress with a simple majority back in January.

The New York Democrat has adamantly argued in the past against eliminating the filibuster, at one point calling the notion a “doomsday for democracy.”

RELATED: Watch: Abortion Advocates Take Abortion Pills And Scream ‘Abortion’ At Protest Outside Supreme Court

Manchin, Sinema For the Block

If Schumer and his cohorts were hoping all 50 Democrats would vote on the legislation to resurrect abortion rights through legislation, they’ve just been doused with cold water.

They don’t have the votes.

Democrat Senators Joe Manchin (WV) and Kyrsten Sinema have, as they have consistently all along, vowed to protect the filibuster.

“The filibuster is a protection of democracy,” Manchin insisted, having voted against similar legislation trying to codify abortion rights.

Sinema went with the ol’ Jedi mind trick, citing women’s health as reason to keep the filibuster in place.

“Protections in the Senate safeguarding against the erosion of women’s access to health care have been used half-a-dozen times in the past ten years, and are more important now than ever,” she said in a statement.

Sinema supports Roe v. Wade, according to Axios, saying the case being overturned “endangers the health and wellbeing of women in Arizona and across America.”

Former President Donald Trump has said the leak of the Supreme Court draft sets a dangerous precedent, but unlike the current hopes of Democrat politicians, the decision won’t sway the midterms.

“I don’t think it is going to have a tremendous effect,” Trump told Fox News. “I will say, I have seen more passion on the right, at least up until this point, I can’t say what is going to happen now.”

He also surmised that the passion right now runs both ways in America.

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance writer focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been following and analyzing the political climate for several years, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, FoxNews.com and more.

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