There’s a good reason why the Left tried to stop Sen. JDVance from being elected in Ohio. This man is a fighter, just like that other Republican son from the Buckeye State Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. He plans to vote against resolutions of unanimous consent on nearly all DOJ nominations. The filibuster that follows will force a vote on cloture.
Vance intends to slow down the Senate nomination process by putting sand into the gears of Attorney General Merrick G. Garland and the Justice Department under President Joe Biden. Vance is promising to be the one-man version a factory worker slowdown. The factory in this case is the U.S. Senate. Its product are left-leaning prosecutors and judges who will help Merrick Garland to persecute Christian pro-lifers, as well as political opponents of the Democratic Party, like Donald Trump.
Vance stated that he would make exceptions for U.S. Marshals Service appointments. He will, however, vote against all resolutions requiring unanimous consent. This is the usual way that the Senate advances nominations in groups. Each nominee must now be subject to a separate floor vote. Every vote will require a Senate quorum, meaning that all members must be present to vote. Before a nomination can be put to vote, all procedural resolutions would need to be followed and the speaking opportunities and procedural rules must be adhered to. Every nominee would be subject to the same type of Sente maneuvering that is usually reserved for Supreme Court nominees. Slow, deliberate, and incredibly annoying.
A filibuster is only ended by 60 Senators voting in favor of a cloture. The wheels of justice are going to turn slowly, but very finely.
The Senate explains on its website that “the Senate tradition of unlimited deliberation has allowed the use of filibuster,” which is a loosely-defined term for actions designed to prolong the debate and delay, or prevent, a vote on an amendment, bill, resolution or other controversial question. Before 1917, the Senate did not have a mechanism to force a vote and end debate. The Senate changed its rules in 1917 to allow for a two-thirds vote to end a “filibuster”, a process known as “cloture”. In 1975, the Senate reduced this number to three-fifths or 60 senators who were duly elected and sworn.
Vance is convinced that a dramatic response is necessary after reports that the DOJ has been targeting conservatives. He knows the terrain and that the less troops Merrick Garland needs to persecute Christians or political opponents, the more difficult it will be to exact political revenge on his enemies.
Sen. Vance has a plan to defend religious and political liberty with a thoughtful and determined defense. He has chosen the tools of filibustering and cloture to combat DOJ overreach. Democrats won’t be pleased. Next, we need to know how the Republican leadership will react to this counter-attack. Will they support Attorney General Merrick Garrland or Sen. Vance and their reckless policy decisions.