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McConnell Threatens Senate Agreement Over Filibuster

  • Senate minority leader says GOP may oppose Biden initiatives
  • McConnell, Schumer negotiating power-sharing arrangement
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, center

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, center

Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell threatened Thursday to delay an agreement on organizing the Senate unless Democrats commit to keeping the filibuster rule intact.

In remarks on the Senate floor, McConnell said GOP senators were prepared to push back against many of President Joe Biden’s priorities and blasted the president’s executive orders on immigration, energy and climate. He also said Democrats should commit to keeping the filibuster, a procedure that means most legislation needs 60 votes to pass.