Chuck Schumer Promises to Push Through Radical Filibuster Plan

Chuck Schumer Promises to Push Through Radical Filibuster Plan

( – Voting rights remain a lightning-rod issue between Democrats and Republicans in the wake of the hotly-disputed 2020 presidential election. With the DNC in control of both congressional houses, party leaders are trying to push election legislation through while they have the chance. However, a recent incident involving Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) suggests their strategy may backfire.

On Friday, January 14, Schumer announced that his chamber would vote on a voting rights bill during the coming week. At issue is the Senate filibuster; senior Democrats seek to temporarily abolish it in an effort to pass the contentious elections bill. Republicans vehemently oppose the measure and claim it would unfairly favor the Left.

Several of Schumer’s own party members also stand against the action, including moderate Democratic Senators Joe Manchin (WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (AZ). Both politicians refuse to support abolishing the filibuster for the sake of voting rights legislation.

It would be unusual to bring this issue to the floor without the required votes to pass it. However, Senator Schumer appears determined to make it happen if only to highlight the identities of the lawmakers who oppose election reform. He’s essentially trying to shame Manchin and Sinema into toeing the party line.

It’s a bold strategy. Will it pay off?

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