Schumer Threatens To Vote On Changing Rules In Senate If Republicans Keep Blocking Efforts

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat from the state of New York, is now threatening to push a vote concerning a change of Senate rules by January 17, which is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, if the GOP continues to block his party’s voting rights bill.

“If Republicans continue to block our efforts, The Senate will debate and consider changes to Senate rules on or before January 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to protect the foundation of our democracy: Free and fair elections,” Schumer posted on Twitter.

The senator also sent out a letter on Monday addressed to the members of the Senate Democratic Caucus concerning this issue.

“The fight for the ballot is as old as the Republic. Over the coming weeks, the Senate will once again consider how to perfect this union and confront the historic challenges facing our democracy,” Schumer went on to say.

“We hope our Republican colleagues change course and work with us. But if they do not, the Senate will debate and consider changes to Senate rules on or before January 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to protect the foundation of our democracy: free and fair elections,” he continued.

The New York Democrat also connected his new promise to the events that happened during January 6th, 2021, at the Capitol building.

“Let me be clear: January 6th was a symptom of a broader illness, an effort to delegitimize our election process, and the Senate must advance systemic reforms to repair our democracy or else the events of that day will not be an aberration—they will be the new norm,” the senator stated.

via Daily Wire:

Schumer’s reference to changing the rules includes more than only voting rights legislation. Senate Democrats have increasingly discussed efforts to end the filibuster, a longstanding rule that requires a 60-vote supermajority to pass most legislation among the Senate’s 100 members.

However, making a rules change would require all 50 Democrats siding with the party. In a 50-50 tie vote, the vice president is given the opportunity to vote. So far, both West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema have voiced their opposition to the effort.

The filibuster has held back many of President Joe Biden’s major legislative efforts since he has taken office. Despite controlling the House and 50 members in the Senate, the 60-vote requirement has slowed the Build Back Better bill and other progressive bills passed by Democrats in the House.

These folks will do anything to ensure they can win every single election from here on out, whether what they do is legal or ethical. What a shame that these people care more about an agenda than they do the freedoms of the American people.

 


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