It could bring about radical changes in the US Senate if organisations affiliated with US stock market speculator George Soros succeeded in getting the institution of filibuster abolished. Democratic politicians support the idea and US President Joe Biden is not opposed to it, either.
Years ago, US President Joe Biden was a vocal supporter of the so-called filibuster in US legislation. As a senator, the Democratic politician saw it as a tool of “compromise and moderation.”
His position, however, has changed and the abolition of the filibuster has been put back on the agenda. Getting rid of the technique would allow the Senate to adopt anything by a simple majority.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that although Biden’s “preference” was “not to make changes” to the filibuster, “he is also open to hearing ideas.”
The abolition of filibuster had come up in Democratic Party circles as early as last year and their approach does not seem to have changed. Democratic Senator Dick Durbin said in mid-March that “the filibuster is still making a mockery of American democracy.”
Organisations with links to US stock market speculator George Soros are also interested in getting rid of the Senate filibuster and seeking to move the process forward. The frontrunner in the effort is the group Fix Our Senate, including 60 progressive organisations that aim to convince moderate Democrats to vote in favour of eliminating the filibuster.
Fix Our Senate is a project run by an organisation called Sixteen Thirty Fund. The Open Society Foundations’ website reveals that Sixteen Thirty Fund received 9.6 million dollars in funding from Soros’s network in 2019 alone.
The Fix Our Senate project intends to achieve its goal by presenting the filibuster as a racist weapon. The filibuster “has deep roots in racism,” Senator Elizabeth Warren (D), has pointed out.
As Fix Our Senate operates under the auspices of the Sixteen Thirty Fund, the group does not need to register as an independent nonprofit with the US tax authorities. This allows the group to operate largely in secret, without disclosing tax papers, for instance.