Vice President Kamala Harris said she “cannot wait to cast the deciding vote” to stop the Senate filibuster to advance federal voting reform and abortion legislation.
During the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting at National Harbor, Maryland, on Saturday, Harris bragged about breaking “John Adams’s record of casting the most tiebreaking votes in a single term,” through her role as president of the Senate in the 50-50 split body.
“That being the case, I cannot wait to cast the deciding vote to break the filibuster on voting rights and reproductive rights. I cannot wait,” Harris said.
The Senate requires a 60-vote majority to break a filibuster, which is often used by the minority party to stall controversial legislation.
Democrats have been calling to alter the filibuster in order to pass legislation involving election reform and abortion, but moderate Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have opposed eliminating the filibuster.
Harris attempted to rally Democrats with less than two months before the midterm elections during her speech Saturday.
She predicted that Democrats will “expand” their majority in the Senate and “hold on to the House of Representatives,” despite predictions that the GOP is favored to win the House.
“Marriage equality will be on the line. Contraception will be on the line. Without a Democratic majority in Congress, who knows what other rights they will come after?” Harris warned about what she thinks could happen if Republicans take power.
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