Far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday that the Senate should “reform or abolish” the legislative filibuster after the Supreme Court restricted the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate emissions from power plants without congressional approval.
“Catastrophic. A filibuster carveout is not enough,” said Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). wrote in a tweet in response to the West Virginia High Court’s ruling against EPA.
“We need to reform or abolish this for the sake of the planet,” added the Squad member.
AOC’s office did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for clarification as to whether it was referring to the filibuster or the Supreme Court itself.
However, in subsequent tweets, the Bronx and Queens legislature urged voters to call their senators and ask them to revise the procedure.
“The problem with ‘pick 2 dems for Roe’ is that it’s not clear that this is the #. We have to count votes,” she said wrote. “Filibuster needs 51 but not only Manchin & Sinema are holding out. What to do? CALL YOUR SENATOR + ask him to CLEARLY support an abolished or speaking filibuster.”
The progressive Democrat has repeatedly pushed for the abolition of the filibuster as her party struggled to get the Senate to pass sweeping legislation due to the 60-vote threshold.
Those efforts were largely thwarted by moderate Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.
The two have consistently opposed the abolition of the filibuster, and as recently as Thursday a spokesman for Manchin told The Post that the senator’s position “hasn’t changed.”
President Biden earlier Thursday indicated that he would support the abolition of the process to codify federal abortion protections after the Supreme Court ruled Roe v. Wade had fallen.
“Now let’s talk! It’s about time people saw a real, powerful push for this. Use the bully pulpit. We need more,” Ocasio-Cortez saidpraised the President’s comments.
The New York Democrat’s posts came just minutes after the Supreme Court rescinded the EPA’s regulator in a 6-3 decision.
Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority that “it is not plausible that Congress would have given EPA the authority to enact such a regulatory regime itself.”
“A decision of such magnitude and scope rests with Congress itself or an agency acting under a clear delegation from this representative body,” he added.
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