Packed Supreme Court, Long Term Senate Majority Hang in Balance
Alex Nitzberg Just the News January 29, 2021
Sen. Ted Cruz said during a Just the News special event that eliminating the filibuster in the Senate would clear the way for congressional Democrats to potentially make dramatic moves such as granting statehood to Washington D.C. and adding justices to the nation’s high court, a proposal often referred to as court packing.
While Senate Democrats could potentially eliminate the filibuster if they unanimously stick together on the issue, Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona do not support such a move.
“If Manchin and Sinema give in, if they do what Schumer wants and end the filibuster, we will see the most radical legislative agenda ever moved through the United States Congress,” Sen. Cruz said during the “Hold the Line,” Just the News’ special event hosted by John Solomon and sponsored by Heritage Action for America. But Cruz said if the two senators continue to stand against eliminating the filibuster, “then many of the most extreme steps that the Democrats want to take won’t happen.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is leading a groupof 11 Senators who plan to object to certifying state Electoral College votes on Wednesday.
The group, which includes Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Mike Braun (R-Ind.), and Senators-Elect Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), and Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), are also calling for the resurrection of an Electoral Commission to conduct an emergency audit of the results.
According to Axios, the move pits the group of GOP Senators against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had ‘hoped to avoid the spectacle of his party leading a last-ditch effort to prevent Joe Biden from being declared the 2020 election winner.’