Kill the Filibuster to Save the Planet, Says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

In a tweet, the congresswoman called the ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts and along with the court’s five other conservative judges, “catastrophic.”

“A filibuster carveout is not enough,” added Ocasio-Cortez. “We need to reform or abolish the whole thing, for the sake of the planet.”

The court decision in West Virginia v. EPA effectively prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon emissions from power plants.

Shortly afterwards, Ocasio-Cortez retweeted climate journalist Kate Aronoff: “Minority government in the United States poses a threat to life on Earth.”

“I believe we need to codify Roe v. Wade into law, and the way to do that is to get Congress to vote for it,” Biden said after attending a NATO summit in Madrid.

“And if the filibuster gets in the way — it’s like voting rights — we should demand an exception to the filibuster for this action to handle the Supreme Court decision,” he said.

Biden’s push for voting rights legislation this year, however, has been disappointing, despite his insistence on a similar filibuster carveout. Two conservative Democrats, Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.), sided with Republicans to prevent Senate rules from being changed.

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