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Manchin: No filibuster exception for Democrats’ voting rights bill

Fox News 01 August, 2021 - 11:12am

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Sen. Joe Manchin says he "can’t imagine" supporting making an exception to Senate filibuster rules in order to pass the Democrats’ wide ranging elections and campaign finance reform bill, which is a top priority for his party.

"I can’t imagine a carve-out," the moderate Democratic senator from West Virginia said on Sunday during an interview on CNN’s "State of the Union" when asked if he could back such a move.

The filibuster, a longstanding Senate tradition requiring 60 votes in the 100-member chamber to advance a bill, effectively allows the minority party to block certain legislation. The Senate is currently evenly split 50/50 between the two parties, with the Democrats holding a razor-thin majority due to the tiebreaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris through her constitutional role as president of the Senate.

But the Democrats are nowhere close to obtaining the 60 votes needed to quash a filibuster. They don’t even have the simple majority needed to eliminate the legislative filibuster rule. Manchin and fellow moderate Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema are opposed to the push by lawmakers from the left of their party to scrap the filibuster.

Senate Republicans in June used the filibuster to successfully down the Democrats voting rights bill, which is a top item on their agenda. Democrats are pushing for the reforms as a response to the moves by 18 states where Republicans control the state government to pass into law measures tightening voting access rules. Republicans argue the moves are to bolster voter integrity but Democrats charge the new laws are voter suppression tools. 

Manchin, in explaining his opposition to a filibuster exemption for voting rights, pointed to past carve-outs.

"I was here in 2013 when it was called a carve-out, we're just going to do the cabinet for the President, and then it went into we're going to do the judges who are lifetime appointments for circuit and district," the senator said. 

"They really want to do Supreme Court, but they didn't at that time the Democrats were in control. 2017, (Senate GOP leader) Mitch McConnell’s in control, comes right back in and guess what, that carve out worked to really carve us up pretty bad. Then you got the Supreme Court, okay, so there's no stopping it," Manchin emphasized.

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Letters to the Editor: I'm a left-wing Democrat voting in protest to recall Newsom

The Washington Post 01 August, 2021 - 05:00am

But I am voting against Gov. Gavin Newsom in protest of California Democrats' decades-long inaction on our housing crisis.

This is a crisis that has left thousands of our neighbors — old folks, parents and children, queer and trans and straight young people, all disproportionately people of color — to suffer and die on our streets in gross neglect of their humanity and basic dignity.

Maybe a year of seeing the brutality and inhumanity of conservative policies will finally be enough to convince the party and its NIMBY voters to do right by their fellow Californians and build the housing we need and deserve.

To the editor: Remember when the pandemic was just starting and we had a president who said we'd have to wait for a miracle? I was relieved then that California had a governor who seemed to be trying to take control and actually tell us how the coronavirus was spreading and what we should do about it.

Now it seems that people want to throw Newsom out because they're mad at the virus. Are they the people who refuse to wear a mask or get vaccinated? The geniuses who whose lack of cooperation is extending the pandemic?

Do the anti-Newsom folks think some new person we've never heard of will cure their problems in the year that's left before the next election?

I resent that my tax money is being wasted on this recall.

To the editor: If Newsom is recalled, and a Republican wins with fewer than 20% of the vote, he is sure to be booted out next year in a landslide when Newsom runs again. However, the GOP will have learned that recalls are their key to the governor's mansion, and so will start again at every inauguration.

Therefore, I offer the modest proposal that Democrats coalesce behind a candidate who isn't a politician, one whose plurality victory would shame the GOP into never again wasting our tax dollars on such a disgusting scheme.

This is someone who, if elected governor in the recall, would prove so lacking in political knowhow and experience that Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis would simply run the state until the next election.

Respectfully, I urge Democrats to excitedly support Angelyne.

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California restaurant owners fear bacon may become scarce — or even disappear — as new animal-welfare rules takes affect, reports say

Business Insider 01 August, 2021 - 12:00am

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At the beginning of next year, California will enforce a welfare proposition, which was approved by voters in 2018. The Farm Animal Confinement Proposition requires more space for breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens, and veal calves. 

The idea is that all of those animals should have sufficient space to stretch out their wings, claws, and paws, as Insider's Hilary Brueck reported. Welfare campaigners have been pushing for the change for years. 

Back in 2018, Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement: "California voters have sent a loud and clear message that they reject cruel cage confinement in the meat and egg industries."

Between now and January, courts or the state could try and intervene. But if they don't, California is expected to lose almost all of its pork supply and pork producers will likely face higher costs to regain the market, according to AP.

Once the amount of time needed to build new facilities and inseminate sows is factored in, it is unlikely the pork industry will be able to supply California, AP reported.

"We are very concerned about the potential supply impacts and therefore cost increases," Matt Sutton, the public policy director for the California Restaurant Association, told AP.

Jeannie Kim, a San Francisco restaurant owner, also told AP: "Our number one seller is bacon, eggs and hash browns. It could be devastating for us."

The outlet reported that California restaurants and grocery stores use about 255 million pounds of pork per month, but its farms only produce only 45 million pounds. 

To fill the gap, The National Pork Producers Council asked the US Department of Agriculture for federal support to help pay for rebuilding pig facilities. But they haven't complied because California hasn't yet issued formal regulations on how the new standards will be enforced, according to AP.

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