Senate Leadership Fund President Steven Law appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom with Dana Perino and Bill Hemmer this morning to send a warning to Senate Democrats considering doing away with the Senate filibuster. Watch here.
A transcript of Law’s discussion with Fox News host Dana Perino can be found below:
Perino: One of the ways Democrats might do this and other things is to blow up the filibuster. Here’s a couple of headlines for you: “Biden’s filibuster ultimatum,” “Democrats want the Republicans to surrender on policy – or else.” You’re a creature of the Senate – what is your take? Do you think that they’ll do this?
Law: I think any change of this magnitude always comes with unintended consequences. Harry Reid thought he was so clever by blowing up the filibuster when it came to lower court vacancies and then the Democrats got three unintended consequences, and they’re named Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett. The first 6-3 conservative majority in the Supreme Court in a generation. It’s the kind of thing when you lose control of the majority you realize how important that filibuster is, and I think Democrats need to be very very cautious before they step across that line.
Perino: Do you think that Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia holds the line? He’s said he’s not for blowing it up, but do you trust that?
Law: Well, both Senators Manchin and Sinema have been resistant to the idea. The thing is, there aren’t very many Democrats left at the national level who aren’t hard left, but the few who are need to reckon with the fact that the vote to get rid of the filibuster, if it passes, won’t be their last hard vote. It will be the first of very many hard votes because there will be no way to stop the Pelosi-AOC agenda from passing through the House, and then just getting rubber stamped by the Senate. And because it’s a 50-50 majority, every single Democrat will have to show up for every single vote, with Kamala Harris breaking the tie.