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Wicker, Hyde-Smith defend filibuster, challenge sweeping voting law changes

By: Anne Summerhays - January 12, 2022

Wicker says this is a week that will decide the future, not only of the Senate, but the future of our republic.

On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) defended the 60-vote Senate filibuster rule and criticized proposed changes to national voting laws in speech on the Senate floor.

“Our friends on the other side of the aisle proposed this week to vote on destroying a provision that has served this Senate and this republic well for over two centuries, and that is what’s known as the filibuster, but what I call the consensus building 60-vote rule,” Senator Roger Wicker said.

“This is a time-honored way that this body has been unique, and it has enabled us to craft some of the most long-lasting and widely accepted legislation in the history of this republic,” Wicker continued.

The President posted a series of tweets declaring his support of changing the Senate filibuster to pass voting rights bills as he spoke to a crowd in Georgia advocating for the move.

“The next few days, when these voting rights bills come to a vote, will mark a turning point in this nation. Will we choose democracy over autocracy? Every Senator will have to declare where they stand,” Biden said.

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) also shared her thoughts on efforts to strike down the filibuster.

“2020 had the highest turn out in 120 years. 94% of voters said voting was easy. The fake hysteria about a ‘democracy in crisis’ is nothing more than a front to kill the filibuster– then we’ll see what a democracy in crisis really looks like,” Hyde-Smith said. 

Wicker added that this may well decide the future of the American republic.

“This is a pivotal week, Mr. President. This is a week that will decide the future, not only of the Senate, but of the future of our government – our representative government – and the future of our republic,” Senator Wicker said. “I urge my colleagues to think twice about this.”

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth.