‘I Cannot Wait’: VP Harris Rallies Dems With Controversial Plan To End Senate Filibuster

Vice President Kamala Harris has faced some criticism for remaining largely absent from public view amid a range of pressing issues from immigration to the economy.

As the midterm elections rapidly approach, however, Harris has resurfaced in an attempt to convince Democratic voters that they should head to the polls on Election Day.

She addressed a partisan crowd at the recent Democratic National Committee summer meeting in Maryland, using the opportunity to rail against the perceived evils of the Senate filibuster. As the tie-breaking vote in an evenly divided Senate, Harris could ram through a leftist agenda without the filibuster’s 60-vote threshold.

Citing her unique role, Harris noted that she has broken a record for “casting the most tie-breaking votes in a single term” that had been set by John Adams more than two centuries ago.

“That being the case, I cannot wait to cast the deciding vote to break the filibuster on voting rights and reproductive rights,” she added. “I cannot wait.”

The vice president is just the latest leftist politician to argue for ditching the filibuster, which would give the majority party much more power over which measures succeed in the upper chamber of Congress. On the other hand, some Democrats warn that doing so would give Republicans the same advantage when they regain control.

Nevertheless, Harris said the stakes are simply too high to give Republicans any real power to stand in the majority party’s way.

“Marriage equality will be on the line,” she said. “Contraception will be on the line. Without a Democratic majority in Congress, who knows what other rights they will come after?”

Harris went on to express optimism that her party will “expand” its grip on the Senate while maintaining control of the House of Representatives.

Although polls show that the GOP is still in a prime position to reclaim a majority in the House, even some Republicans are concerned that they might fall short of their goal in the Senate.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) attracted some criticism from his own party for seemingly disparaging the quality of Republican Senate candidates with his prediction that “there’s probably a greater likelihood the House flips than the Senate.”