Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer plans to move forward on a public vote to eliminate the filibuster; a move that could cause widespread political fallout among Democrats who both support the bill and moderates who oppose the measure.
“Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer Tuesday issued a stern warning to Republicans and Democrat defenders of the filibuster ahead of upcoming votes on Democrats’ election bills: ‘We are going to vote. We are all going to go on the record,’” reports Fox News.
“Schumer, D-N.Y., made the comments immediately after opening floor debate on a piece of legislation the House passed last week combining two major Democrat-backed elections bills. He promised that the Senate will not only vote on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act, but also on whether to defang the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster if Republicans block them, as they are expected to,” adds Fox.
“As we debate these measures, the Senate will confront the critical question: Shall the members of this chamber do what is necessary to pass these bills and bring them closer to the president’s desk?” Schumer said. “Today we have just taken the first steps that will put everyone, everyone on the record.”
“The Democratic Leader is using fake hysteria about 2021 state laws to justify a power grab he began floating in 2019 and an election takeover that was first drafted in 2019,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier this month.
“10 days of early voting and excuse-only absentees in Delaware is just fine, but 17 days of early voting and no-excuse absentees in Georgia is racist Jim Crow?” McConnell added. “The Senate Democratic Leader pretends it is a civil rights crisis that Georgia has enshrined more early voting and more absentee balloting than his state of New York has ever allowed.”
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