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Vice President Kamala Harris placed all the cards on the table and let everyone know what the midterm elections are about with a blatant threat.
During an interview on Sunday on the NBC show “Meet The Press” the vice president made it known that if Democrats get the required votes in the Senate to do so, they will nuke the filibuster.
“In less than two months, we are looking at a midterm election in which so much is on the line. Take, for example, the issue of choice. The United States Supreme Court in the Dobbs decision just took away a constitutional right that had been recognized from the women of America from the people of America,” she said.
“Well, how does that relate to the midterms? Our president has said he will not let the filibuster get in the way. If the Senate though a majority voter, votes to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, he will sign it into law. You know what that means in the midterms? We need to hold on to the Senate and get two more then we can put into the law the protections of Roe v. Wade. Everything is on the line when you think about the millions of women and the people in America that care about them who understand the significance of women making the decisions about her own body,” she said.
“If the Democrats get 52 Senate seats or more legislative filibuster gone? Or just on this issue?” host Chuck Todd said.
“The president has been clear on this issue and on another very important issue which is voting rights,” she said.
On Saturday when she was in National Harbor in Maryland at the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting she took it even further and said that she “can’t wait” to cast the deciding vote to end the filibuster, Fox News reported.
“With just two more seats in the Senate, we can codify Roe v. Wade, we can put the protections of Roe in law,” she said. “With two more seats in the United States Senate we can pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Two more seats.”
“You know, our President Joe Biden, he’s been clear. He’s kinda done with those archaic Senate rules that are standing in the way of those two issues,” the vice president said. “He’s made that clear and has said that he will not allow that to obstruct those two issues. And, you know, for me, as vice president, I’m also president of the Senate.… I cannot wait to cast the deciding vote to break the filibuster on voting rights and reproductive rights. I cannot wait! Fifty-nine days.”
She went on to predict that Democrats would win in the midterms, in opposition to the majority of expert opinions.
“We need to hold on — and we will — hold on to the House of Representatives and expand our majority in the United States Senate,” the vice president said.
“On that point, allow me to lay out two very real scenarios for you. First, imagine — I don’t want to — but imagine if we lost our Democratic majority in the Congress. Republican Party leaders have made it clear they want to ban abortion nationwide and they won’t stop there,” she said.
“Without a Democratic majority in Congress, who knows what other rights they will come after,” she said. “Now, imagine a better future. Imagine what we can do if we defend the five seats we need to hold onto the majority in the House. Imagine what we can do if we protect, and better yet, expand our majority in the Senate. Imagine. We can then fight to ensure every worker has paid family leave. We can fight to ensure every family can afford childcare, we can fight to ensure every childcare provider is paid fairly, also.”