Dem Attacks Dem Over Election Prediction as Interparty Tensions Rise Ahead of Midterms

Dem Attacks Dem Over Election Prediction as Interparty Tensions Rise Ahead of Midterms

A Democratic House member launched a verbal assault at a Democratic senator after the latter predicted the party would lose control over one or both congressional chambers during the upcoming midterms.

Rep. Ruben Gallego chided fellow Arizona Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema after she said that the majorities would “likely change” following the November elections.

“I mean you could be out there helping our candidates Sen. Sinema,” Gallego wrote on Twitter. “But my sense is that you would actually prefer the [Democrats] lose control of the Senate and House.”

Gallego was responding to remarks Sinema made during an event at the University of Kentucky’s McConnell Center in Louisville, a venue that was named in honor of current Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). McConnell was also in attendance, reports noted.

“As you all know, control changes between the House and the Senate every couple of years,” Sinema said in response to a question about why she supports keeping the filibuster in place. “It’s likely to change again in just a few weeks.”

Her speech to attendees at the event dealt with the need for more bipartisanship in the chamber and less partisan posturing in order to get more done on behalf of the American people.

After she was asked why she continues to support the filibuster — a rule that requires 60 votes to move most legislation forward — Sinema responded that it is meant to “cool down” the “passions of the moment” that often result in quickly passed legislation in the House, to give senators more time to consider the long-term impacts of bills.

“The reality is that if you were able to remove the 60-vote [filibuster] threshold in the Senate, the Senate would become like the House,” she said. “The House, with elections every two years, representing a smaller group of voters, they represent the passions of the moment.”

Newsmax noted further:

Sinema said the House passes legislation representing those momentary passions, leaving it up to the Senate to slow the process down and deeply consider what the legislation could mean, and to make sure the minority “has a voice” before it moves on.

Sinema, who considers herself a moderate, and not representative of either party’s extreme ends, said that people in Arizona, Kentucky, and across the nation are not as divided as some would want people to believe, but are mostly centered in their beliefs and want to see lives improved for all citizens.

During the same event, Sinema advocated for a 60-vote threshold to pass any piece of legislation.

“Not only am I committed to the 60-vote threshold [to end a filibuster], I have an incredibly unpopular view: I actually think we should restore the 60-vote threshold for the areas in which it has been eliminated already,” she said, the Washington Times reported.

That would include the nomination of judges and executive branch appointees, she said.

The Times added:

Senate Democrats under former President Obama lowered the threshold from 60 to a simple majority for presidential nominees excluding those for the Supreme Court. Senate Republicans under President Trump then lowered the threshold for Supreme Court picks.

“Not everyone likes that because it would make it harder for us to confirm judges, and it would make it harder for us to confirm executive appointments in each administration,” she said. “But I believe that if we did restore it, we would actually see more of that middle ground in all parts of our governance, which is what I believe our forefathers intended.”


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