Lummis Condemns Democrat Efforts to Take Over Wyoming Election Laws on Senate Floor

January 13, 2022

Washington D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) spoke on the Senate floor about Democrats’ plans to radically alter Senate rules by eliminating the need for bipartisanship in the legislative process. This effort, known as eliminating the filibuster, would allow Democrats to force a federal takeover of state election laws without any Republican input. Current Senate rules generally require 60 senators to vote in favor of legislation for passage.

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“While the House of Representatives is about simple majority rule, the Senate – thanks in part to the filibuster – is defined by the rights of the minority party,” Senator Lummis said. “Simply put, it gives the party not in power a voice to speak for forgotten Americans and for small states like Wyoming.

“Today, President Biden and Senate Democrats … are trying to overhaul our voting system by nuking the filibuster and seizing unchecked power.

“Our country is divided right now. If we want a more perfect union than we have today, we need more compromise, not less. This is why we have institutional norms, like the filibuster. When one party starts tearing up norms, they might gain in the short term, but they do irreversible, lasting damage to our institutions.”

Watch the full speech here.