Above all else, Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) cares about having a lasting legacy.
With the Democrats’ Senate majority in doubt, Schumer seems determined to ram through the party’s agenda by any means necessary while he still has the chance.
Fox News reports how Schumer told vulnerable members of his caucus that they will all “go on the record.”
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.
“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.”
Democrats say the two elections bills are necessary to respond to GOP-passed election laws in red states that allegedly suppress minority votes. Schumer accused state-level Republicans of “trying to take away the vote from younger, black and brown, elderly, minority and low-income voters.”
Schumer’s remarks also ignore that Republicans have improved their standing with minority groups in recent elections.
The majority leader said the Senate’s upcoming vote on election legislation will force Republicans to “choose which side they stand on: Protecting democracy or offering their implicit endorsement of Donald Trump’s big lie.”
Sen. Minority Leader McConnell (R-Ky.) was unsparing in his response to Schumer, saying in part, “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.”
The Kentucky Republican has yet to let up.
So, what do you think? Will Schumer’s campaign to abolish the filibuster succeed? And will either Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) or Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) vote with their party? As always, share your thoughts with us in the comments below!