Report: Biden claims ‘gigantic abuse’ of filibuster, despite being used 327 times by Democrats in 2020
According to the report, Democrats have used filibuster 327, compared to only once by the GOP.
President Joe Biden has called the filibuster a “jim Crow relic” and said it has been widely abused despite Democrats using it over 300 times in 2020.
Biden declared that the Senate filibuster was “abused in a gigantic way” last year at his first official press conference last week.
“I was going to give you the statistics, but you probably know them, that it used to be that — that from between 1917 to 1971, the filibuster existed, there was a total of 58 motions to break a filibuster that whole time,” Biden said. “Last year alone, there were 5 times that many. So it’s being abused in a gigantic way.”
Following Biden’s speech, Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen told Fox News that there has not been one Republican filibuster since Joe Biden took office.
“Well, first of all he said his justification for possibly getting rid of the filibuster is that it was abused last year in a gigantic way. Who was filibustering last year? It was Democrats. So he’s saying, just for the record, so viewers know, there has not been one, single Republican filibuster since Joe Biden took office. There have been no filibusters.”
“So, all of the filibusters so far, in the last four years, have been Democratic filibusters. What are they filibustering?” he asked.
Thiessen then began listing off a number of initiatives proposed by former President Donald Trump that were blocked by the filibuster:
- Border wall funding
- COVID relief
- Police reform
- Legislation on sanctuary cities
- Restrictions on abortion
- Entitlement reform
- Immigration reform
- Lawsuit reform
- Health care reform
- Budget cuts
- Expanded gun rights
- Defunding Planned Parenthood
“All those things were blocked either by an actual filibuster of the threat of filibuster by Democrats and that is now justification once they have become in power for getting rid of it when the Republicans haven’t even filibusters yet,” Thiessen said.
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