Senate Minority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Amanda Andrade-Rhoades)
UPDATED 11:57 AM PT – Friday, January 14, 2022
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) shared strong words over Democrats wanting to kill the filibuster. He defended the measure, saying it prevents extreme changes in policy course when the opposition party wins elections. The lawmaker from South Dakota pointed out on Thursday that the Senate filibuster is designed to give a voice to smaller states like his.
“The Senate was to be a place, where the leaderepointed out, where smaller states like my state of South Dakota have a voice, where the minority party in this country, where those who didn’t win the election have a voice in the legislative process,” he explained. “It requires bipartisanship, it requires consensus.”
Thune stressed Democrat proposals to reform the filibuster would erode federal representation in Washington and would further polarize the country.
“This is all about stability, this is all about creating an atmosphere for moderation,” said the Republican. “It’s about predictability when it comes to our laws and the Senate Democrats are intent it seems. at least their leadership, on blowing this all up.”
Sen. Thune said the Republican Party must now focus on taking back Congress from Democrats and stopping their destructive agenda.