Sen. Thune: Democrat push to remove filibuster exposes hypocrisy

FILE - Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 7, 2021. South Dakota political candidates are revving into full campaign mode this week, with a massive exception — John Thune, who has delayed a reelection announcement as he considers stepping away from his post as the second-ranking Republican in U.S. Senate leadership. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster File)

FILE – Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Dec. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster File)

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Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said hypocrisy on the left is on full display as they push to cancel the filibuster. He slammed Democrats for opposing its elimination when Republicans were in control of Congress, but pushing for it now.

In a statement on Wednesday, the senator from South Dakota pointed out Democrat Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) previously said killing the filibuster would be a mistake.

Schumer is now calling to eliminate the filibuster to jam through the so-called voting rights bill by a simple majority. Republican senators have said the Democrat-backed H.R.1 bill would federalize U.S. elections and enable universal mail-in ballots, ballot harvesting and other practices.

Thune said Democrats want to change the rules to get their way. He warned rewriting the rules of the Senate would have dire consequences.

Thune suggested Democrats should end the political games and get back to working with Republicans on issues that are relevant to Americans.

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