The US Senate Majority Leader…Senator Schumer admits he’s got a hard job getting support to drop the filibuster rule in his chamber to get a Voting Rights piece of legislation passed that would help Democrats counter Republican voter suppression efforts across the country…..
With this and a stalled Biden social spending package?
The Democrats and President Biden maybe finished for any meaningful legislation passing for the rest of Biden’s term in office….
Democrats can’t blame the Republicans who are watching this from the sidelines with amusement …..
Speaking at a Center for American Progress event on Tuesday evening, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer acknowledged that Senate Democrats are not there yet in trying to woo Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) to change chamber rules enough that election reform legislation can pass.
“I don’t want to delude your listeners: This is an uphill fight, because Manchin and Sinema both do not believe in changing the rules.”
— Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
Schumer’s promise remains: Votes on legislation dealing with elections reform and beefing up the Voting Rights Act, as well as changes to the Senate’s rules. He also promised not to give up if this week’s push fell flat, though didn’t outline what any future efforts would entail.
His plea: Schumer called for public pressure on Manchin and Sinema to accept some of these changes. “Getting as many calls and emails and everything else to both Senators Manchin and Sinema telling them how important this is in this last hour is important,” he said.
Our read: Democrats have framed this issue as one where they can’t fail — and yet they lack the votes or a clear path to get it done. Schumer’s offering a dose of real talk about the odds of success — and perhaps trying to lessen the blow if they do come up short….
Since the 2020 election, hundreds of new voter restriction bills have been introduced in state legislatures across the country, and dozens were enacted into law. In many cases, these bills were a response to the Big Lie. Those incessant claims of fraud created an appetite among Republican voters for answers, solutions and, most importantly, justice. In response, a vast network of right-wing influencers — both emergent and established — began feeding that appetite by investigating dubious claims and concocting new election laws.
State legislators have heeded the call. FiveThirtyEight created a database cataloging these acts at the state level, including every voter restriction bill introduced and every third-party partisan audit conducted.2 (We have fun around here — you can join in by seeing the full data set on our Github.) What’s revealed is an anti-democratic shift among the GOP, catalyzed by the Big Lie and ushered in by a network of right-wing power brokers….