Biden’s refusal to answer court-packing, ending filibuster reveals true character

Sept. 30, 2020, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement responding to former Vice President Joe Biden’s refusal to answer the question about court-packing and eliminating the filibuster at the first presidential debate of 2020:

“Joe Biden revealed that there will be no place for competing points of view should he become President when he refused to denounce Senate Democrats’ plan to end the filibuster and pack the Supreme Court.

“It is no surprise that the Senate would plan to eliminate the filibuster rule they have used to thwart President Trump’s legislative agenda. The abuse of this process is one of the primary reasons why our budget deficit is out of control with dramatic increases in spending under the threat of shutting down the government. If they win, they don’t want to be constrained by the filibuster the same way Trump and Senate Republicans were.

“While ending the filibuster could at least be rationalized, packing the Supreme Court would be a wholesale attack on the independence of the Judiciary. The message from Joe Biden is clear, he will pick as many Supreme Court Justices as it takes to get the judicial outcomes that he demands. For Biden, as someone who spent a lifetime in the Senate, including his stint at the Senate Judiciary Committee, to so cavalierly dismiss judicial independence is shocking and revealing about his true character. While some claim that they didn’t learn anything at the debates, the sad truth is, we learned that a Joe Biden presidency will not be constrained by the fundamental minority rights that were set forth by the Constitution and James Madison.”

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