Former GOP legislature urges Democrats to “play hardball” and move Republican-free legal guidelines
Former GOP MP David Jolly has some advice for Democrats in Congress: stop waiting for Republicans to come to unity because it’s not going to happen.
“There’s no way you can get 60 votes for Joe Biden’s agenda in the Senate,” said the former lawmaker. “Forget the 60-vote majority because you won’t get there. So just play hardball. “
Jolly suggested that the clearest way for Democrats to pass meaningful legislation is to either eliminate the filibuster or use the reconciliation process.
Former GOP MP David Jolly says the best way for Democrats is to either eliminate the filibuster or use the reconciliation process to pass laws. pic.twitter.com/7TPXonpUrR
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Whether or not you have to play cutthroat, the foundation of everything we’re going to see in the Senate, and with Joe Biden, Joy, is the only way Joe Biden’s agenda will go through Congress when Chuck Schumer finishes legislative Filibuster by either eliminating the filibuster or applying the voting process. There’s no way you can get 60 votes for Joe Biden’s agenda in the Senate. So Schumer and the Democrats have to accept that and then make the political calculation that they think makes the most sense. … Is it worth going through the democratic priorities and testing those priorities at the ballot box next time? You can look at the Affordable Care Act as an example of Democrats enforcing something that would lead some to lose Congress for good in 2010, but I think any Democrat would probably say it was worth it. We made it. Schumer has to calculate which agenda is worth the political calculation and then forget the 60-vote majority because you don’t get there. So just play hardball.
There aren’t enough Republicans willing to put the country first
The United States is in the midst of several crises, from a deadly pandemic that killed more than 430,000 Americans to an economic downturn that left millions of people unemployed.
While the vast majority of the country supports bold action to deal with these emergencies, the GOP appears to stand in the way of legislation.
Less than a week after Joe Biden’s presidency, it is already becoming increasingly clear that there are simply not enough Republicans willing to put the country above the party to help the American people.
If Democrats want to achieve something legally, they may have to do it alone.
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Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as the Outreach Organizer of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, helping Northeast Ohio residents get health insurance.