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McConnell Warns of ‘Scorched-Earth, Post-Nuclear Senate’ If Filibuster Removed

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McConnell Warns of ‘Scorched-Earth, Post-Nuclear Senate’ If Filibuster Removed

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned of a Senate “nightmare” if Democrats do away with the filibuster. “The Senate exists to require deliberation and cooperation. James Madison said the Senate’s job was to provide a complicated check … against improper acts of legislation,” McConnell said on the floor Tuesday. “We ensure that laws earn enough buy-in to receive the lasting consent of the governed. We stop bad ideas, improve good ideas and keep laws from swinging wildly with every election.” McConnell said if the fillibuster was removed, there would be “immediate chaos, especially in this 50-50 Senate.” “Taking that plunge would not be some progressive dream. It would be a nightmare,” he said. “I guarantee it.” The Kentucky Republican continued in saying that progress on key issues would be hampered by rules and various proecures. “Destroying the filibuster would drain comity and consent from this body to a degree that …

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