On Wednesday, Senator Lindsey Graham vowed that he would “talk until I fell over” if the legislative filibuster in the Senate ends, and the traditional talking filibuster returns, in order to stop the House from voting on reform resolution.
"If you go to the talking filibuster, we will take the floor to stop H.R. 1," Graham told FNC’s Sean Hannity. "I would talk until I fell over to make sure that we don't go to ballot harvesting and voting by mail without voter ID."
Earlier that day, Joe Biden’s interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” aired, during which he stated that he is open to changing the filibuster rules to go back to required Senators to talk non-stop on the floor in order to hold up a bill.
The Senate filibuster allows for endless debate to stall legislation by keeping the chamber from voting on it. It was first codified in Senate rules in 1917. Before then, the Senate had no rules to end debate, and the chamber installed a 67-vote threshold to create one. That was reduced to 60 in 1975. Earlier in the 1970s, the Senate allowed for a filibuster debate to be set aside so that other legislation or business could be conducted.
Graham told Hannity that ending the legislative filibuster would be "transformational," but in a "really bad way."
"It would destroy the Senate as we know it," Graham continued. "Anything big like this, you should be able to get a few votes from the other side, right? If you want to federalize the elections and do away with redistricting by the states and turn it over to some commission that will fundamentally change how you vote. If you want to go to ballot harvesting nationally and take authority away from the states, shouldn't that be at least somewhat bipartisan?"
He further warned that if Democrats pick up just one more Senate seat in the 2022 races, "they're going to abolish the filibuster and transform America."
He added that he spoke "a lot" with former President Donald Trump earlier on Wednesday, and promised that Trump is "focused like a laser on making sure Republicans regain the Senate and the House to stop the most radical agenda in American history."
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