The Wall Street Journal: McConnell threatens ‘pileup’ if Democrats change filibuster rules


WASHINGTON—Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell threatened Tuesday to grind the Senate to a halt if Democrats make any changes to the legislative filibuster, after West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a centrist Democrat, floated the idea of requiring senators to be present and talking on the floor to block bills.

“This chaos would not open up an express lane to liberal change. It would not open up an express lane for the Biden presidency to speed into the history books,” McConnell (R., Ky.) said in a speech Tuesday. “The Senate would be more like a hundred-car pileup. Nothing moving.”

Democrats are at least two votes shy of the 51 needed to kill off the legislative filibuster, a step that would clear the way for them to pass legislation on voting rights, immigration, gun regulations and other measures unlikely to attract bipartisan support. As an alternative, Manchin and other Senate Democrats are exploring a return to traditional “talking filibusters,” like the one famously depicted by Jimmy Stewart in the 1939 film “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.”

An expanded version of this story is available at

Popular on

What You Can and Can’t Do if You’ve Been Vaccinated: Travel, Gatherings, Risk Factors, What You Need to Know

The Pandemic Ignited a Housing Boom—but It’s Different From the Last One

: Want to win your March Madness pool? Avoid these four mistakes

Previous article

: No dye in this St. Patrick’s Day pour — Budweiser’s ‘green beer’ is a wee bit different

Next article

You may also like


Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in News