McConnell Promises ‘Scorched Earth’ Senate if Dems Nix Filibuster

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell threatened on Tuesday to turn the Senate into a “100-car pileup” and block “even the most basic aspects” of its business if Democrats get rid of the legislative filibuster as progressives are asking.

McConnell, R-Ky., made the comments in a floor speech on Tuesday that was similar to others he’s previously made during times of increased chatter about getting rid of the filibuster.

“So let me say this very clearly for all 99 of my colleagues. Nobody serving in this chamber can even begin to imagine what a completely scorched-earth Senate would look like,” McConnell said. “None of us have served one minute in a Senate that was completely drained of comity and consent. This is an institution that requires unanimous consent to turn the lights on before noon, to proceed with a garden-variety floor speech.”

McConnell added: “I want our colleagues to imagine a world where every single task, every one of them, requires a physical quorum. Which, by the way, the vice president does not count in determining a quorum. This chaos would not open up an express lane for liberal change … The Senate would be more like a 100-car pileup, nothing moving.”

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