The Republican Party will look to hamstring the Biden administration’s progressive agenda by solidifying a majority in both chambers of Congress in November’s midterm elections.
It is widely believed that the GOP will retake control of the U.S. House of Representatives, given President Joe Biden’s plummeting approval rating amid crises on multiple fronts.
In an evenly divided U.S. Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris serving as a tie-breaking vote, Republicans clinching a majority of seats would force the administration to collaborate with conservatives on key pieces of legislation, judicial nominations and other executive appointments.
In a wide-ranging Wednesday interview on Fox News Radio’s “The Brian Kilmeade Show,” U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) warned that Republicans “have no choice” but to gain a majority in the upper chamber.
During the radio appearance, Tuberville stressed the importance of Republicans notching a majority and sounded the alarm over the ability of Democrats to abolish the filibuster, which would pave the way for legislation to pass with just a simple majority vote.
“Well, I’m trying to help as much as we possibly can,” Tuberville told host Brian Kilmeade of his efforts to help Republicans emerge victorious. “We have no choice, Brian. They’re talking like they’re going to take more than 50 seats, the Democrats. And they’re going to do a total transition of the filibuster; they’re going to change this country as we know it. This can’t happen. If it happens, it’s over. The country that you and I, and all these other people and citizens that had the opportunity to grow up in the greatest country on the face of the earth ever, will change. It will change into something the Democrats want to control.”
Presently, Senate Democrats are unable to gain the votes needed to end the chamber’s long-standing filibuster rules. Moderate U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) have stifled the majority party’s chances of employing the so-called “nuclear option” to terminate the filibuster.
According to Alabama’s junior senator, the appetite of some Republicans to support an ambitious spending agenda had placed the United States on a “death march” toward fiscal decline.
“They want a one-party system,” Tuberville said of the Democratic Party. “They want big government socialism. We’re already there. We better start changing. Even some of my Republican colleagues need to wake up and smell the roses and quit spending money we don’t have because it is putting us in a death march toward something we’re not going to want or do we recognize in this country.”