Pray have prayed
Lord, please do not let this filibuster be done away with. May justice reign in our nation.

The possibility that the Senate might do away with the legislative filibuster is troubling. Some corners of this debate would have you believe that the filibuster is seldom used except to block civil-rights legislation and that its use only accrues to the betterment of the party out of power. Neither is true.

 

The filibuster is commonly used by senators in both parties. My rough and quick count finds that, in the past three years, at least 30 bills saw failed cloture votes in the Senate. . . .

Unsurprisingly, in many of these instances, more members of the Democratic minority than the Republican majority voted against cloture.

The impact of the filibuster goes far beyond allowing the minority party to stop high-profile proposals.

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Because the possibility of the 60-vote threshold in the Senate is known to all parties — the Senate, House, and White House — it subtly shapes the entire legislative process in both chambers, starting from which bills are pursued, to how bills are drafted, to how congressional committees are run.

Several must-pass bills — government appropriations, funding deals, defense authorization — pass the Senate each year. . . .

This type of bipartisan cooperation reflects a fundamental purpose of Congress. My AEI colleague Yuval Levin put it well here on Sunday:

This is a primary purpose of Congress as an institution — to enable and compel accommodation in a divided society. And the fact that accommodation now seems nearly impossible in our politics is a result of Congress’s failure to recognize and serve its purpose more than it is the cause of that failure.

The need to get 60 votes on controversial legislation is one of the few forces that compels this kind of bipartisanship. . . .

It is intended to be a check against majoritarianism. During times when one party controls both houses of Congress and the White House, the filibuster gives the minority at least some voice. From 2017 through 2019, to take just one example, when Republicans had control of the executive and legislative branches, the filibuster stopped President Trump from ramming through laws to reform our immigration system. . . .

Those who would end the filibuster today should consider why they embraced it in the early Trump years.

What do you think about the filibuster’s subtle effects? Discuss in the comments below!

(Excerpt from National Review. Article by Michael R. Strain. Photo Credit: Unsplash.)

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Dave
March 14, 2021

The founders of our Constitution knew full well the power grab of politicians. Term limit it’s would help and we as Americans should demand them for all politicians. It show be no surprise to anyone who reads what is happening today. We are reaping what we have sown, sadly and we have taken God out of our lives, our churches, institutions and this country. All I can say is pray on your knees and be a voice for what is right. Cancel the ‘cancel culture!’ Who cares what they think…….

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CM Brown
March 9, 2021

Heavenly Father, we are in the midst of evil, turbulent times, but this does not come as a surprise to You. I ask you to please intervene and let the filibuster remain in place. You are in control, Father so please do not let us lose our liberties. America was not founded on Socialist principles; please do not let us become a Socialist nation. We desperately need You, Heavenly Father. May those in power seek Your face for the decisions that must be made.

Amen.

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Vickie
March 8, 2021

Lord I pray that this filibuster will not be done away with. Lord please open the eyes and ears of these democrats (and some republicans) and help them to see the truth. May justice and righteousness reign in our nation and I pray that we be bold and courageous for Jesus. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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Jo Anne Woodall
March 8, 2021

Father God protect and preserve our form of government and ALL it’s checks and balances. Preserve voter integrity and our two by party system. Bind the forces of evil that are seeking socialism as the norm. You only are mighty and glorious- let all glory and honor be to You. You are the victor and satan is defeated!
Amen and Amen!

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Gary S. Lurch
March 7, 2021

Gentalmen, I do not know who is worse, you or them!
We the people do not have a agovernment!
We the people was sold into slavery when the federal reserve act was signed by traitor!
Tell me where in the constitution says the government can form another government to superior to our own government, the united nations!
Our government has been corrupted down to the local government by traitors, rich traitors!
This is reality we face today!
Now start telling the truth satan is running things now!
Tell me how to fight him, better I will tell you how to fight him!
Buy nothing Bloomberg sell, arrest Gorge Sorros, close all of the crooked banks, CNN turn it off
We are at war with the rich, that is a fact!
Try printing that instead of talking about filabusters!

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Pam L.
March 6, 2021

Sen. Jeff Merkeley (sp?) replied that the above wasn’t constitutional. I replied that what Governor Kate Brown and Oregon’s state legislature did and didn’t do was unconstitutional with all due respect. I am miffed at his bologna! I wrote to him, “What’s wrong with having to have a Super Majority vote” in order to pass anything? I let him now my prayers and actions are powerful! Lord have mercy!

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Santos Garcia, Jr.
March 6, 2021

It’s just another veiled effort by the Democrats to disenfranchise more than half of the American populace. They are so terrified of the Republicans regaining the House & Senate in 2022 that they are trying at all costs to rob us of our critical voice. In California where we are, the Liberal agenda has created a hostile environment for freedom-loving people. This is why so many are leaving our fair state… especially businesses.

The regressive Leftist agenda is destructive and is bent on making America a socialist nation; MAY IT NEVER BE LORD! zionsgate.wordpress.com

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Victoria
March 6, 2021

Father in the name of Jesus i ask you to let YOUR will be done In us & on earth (in America, in our government at every level) as it is in heaven. Father we choose to minimize the monstrous problem & magnify you & your ability to overcome It all with complete ease! Father you alone have all the answers & strategies, you alone know exactly what it will take to move all control Of all government & legislature out of the hands of The wicked & into the hands of the righteous & just through the authority of Christ. Father as David exclaimed, who is this Uncircumcised philistine to defy the living God! Many spiritually uncircumcised in Our government have defied you the living God! Father Jesus Already endured & prevailed over the temptation of the devil to worship him for authority over all nations & kingdoms so why do the wicked elite yet have the appearance of having all this authority & control when in fact the bible clearly says authority and all nations of the earth belong to Christ? AND THAT christ has given all authority over all wickedness it to the true church?Father we know your word is true we know that Jesus has already prevailed yet we have been seeing a different reality manifesting which has not reflected your will & word! Father teach us quickly Even today why & what to do about it, give us the proper thoughts & desires of our heart as well as wisdom & might in our lives & our prayer strategies to Consistently live & pray victoriously over our nation our government at every level & to curse the root cause of all this evil in our day so it can not continue to grow. father you Gave Solomon peace on every side, raise us up as American Solomon’s who will seek you for wisdom above riches and exercise our just God given authority under your guidance over our government and nation ! We thank you and trust you to perform these prayers quickly!

Psalm 86:9
All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name.
Ephesians 2: 16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom & revelation in the knowledge of him:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, & set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,21 Far above all principality, and power, & might, & dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:22 And hath put all things under his feet, & gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.Luke 10:19 19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you

1 Chronicles 22:9 a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; & I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, & I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.

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brian
March 6, 2021

As a nation , and a government, this practice needs to remain in place. Lord, by Your mercy and grace, may the filibuster remain intact in our congress. It evidently is but part of the elements of free speech that the Socialists in power are trying to remove. Please Lord, let this, and every attempt to remove free speech, fail miserably!

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Cliff Hilderbrand
March 6, 2021

We need the filibuster in the Senate

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CN
March 6, 2021

The filibuster has been in place for decades for simple reasons of balance. It was put there to ensure that one party does not get drunk on party control, thereby forcing their will upon the majority of citizens in our nation who “oppose and disagree” with what they are trying to do. (I.E. – like the present radical agenda of today’s democratic party).
When any party believes they have the right to force their ideas on the people “without bipartisan discussion and debate”, then that party and their belief system / agenda has officially crossed over to “dictator mentality”. By removing any established and legal criteria that was put in place for the protection of the entire nation, any politician or their party no longer serves the people – they are serving themselves or whatever special interests they have sold out to.
Please let your reps know that YOU require they represent you and keep the filibuster. Contact them both by link and CALL THEM relentlessly. And require they reply to you for your request but also make sure you tell them you don’t want a “scripted form letter reply”!! Be courageous and firm in what you have already been given under our Constitution.

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Monica Hall
March 6, 2021

It seems that the filibuster needs to stay in place if only as a layer of protection for freedom of speech. Jesus please have mercy on the United States of America.

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