Senate Majority Leader Chuck schumerChuck Schumer: First Openly Lesbian Judge Confirmed in Federal Circuit Court Republican Senators accuse Democrats of prioritizing social spending over military Schumer announces deal to cut prescription drug prices MORE (DN.Y.) said Wednesday that Democrats will explore “alternative paths” to pass legislation on the right to vote after Republicans blocked a bill named after the late Rep. John lewisJohn Lewis Manchin and Murkowski reviewed John Lewis Schumer’s voting rights bill to pass John Lewis’s voting rights bill by Wednesday To ensure equality for all, the Senate must end filibuster MORE (D-Ga.).
Schumer, speaking from the Senate, did not directly mention legislative obstructionism, but floated that Democrats should be willing to go it alone to pass legislation on the right to vote and that the wheels of the Senate have been “ossified.”
“Just because Republicans are not joining us does not mean that Democrats stop fighting. This is too important. We will continue to fight for the right to vote and find an alternative way forward, even if it means doing it alone,” he said Schumer.
He added that Democrats should “explore whatever path we have to restore the Senate to do what the drafters intended: debate, deliberate, compromise and vote.”
Schumer’s comments come after Republicans prevented the John Lewis Voting Rights Promotion Act from overcoming the 60-vote hurdle needed to start the debate. Republican Senator Lisa murkowskiLisa Ann Murkowski, the first openly lesbian judge confirmed to the Manchin federal circuit court, Murkowski, reviewed John Lewis Schumer’s voting rights bill to pass the John Lewis voting rights bill by Wednesday MORE (Alaska) was the only Republican who voted to start the debate.
Democrats see voting rights and electoral reform as a top priority, but they have fought their way through the Senate, where Republicans have also twice blocked powerful bills to review elections.
Outside groups, and a growing number of Democratic senators, are pushing for an exemption from filibuster that would allow legislation on the right to vote to pass by a simple majority.
After months of setbacks, they argue that their colleagues must accept that there is no voting bill that can be accepted by 10 Republican senators.
“The time has come to face reality: There are simply not ten Republican senators who are willing to safeguard our free and fair elections. Democrats must end filibuster to pass legislation on the right to vote,” the Senator said. Alex padillaAlex Padilla Senate Democrats Call for Diversity Among New Federal Reserve Bank Presidents Republican Party Blocks Senate Democrats’ Revised Election Bill Progressives Reject Decision to Reduce Biden’s Paid Family Leave Program MORE (D-Calif.).
Its. Jeff MerkleyJeff Merkley Meet the Artist Behind Enes Kanter’s Anti-Beijing Shoes Overnight Energy & Environment – Presented by American Clean Power – Democrats Prepare to Question Oil Executives Senate Democrats Propose Sanctions for Federal Reserve Officials Who do not follow the code of ethics MORE (D-Ore) added that Democrats need to “restore” the Senate.
“Our most fundamental rights and freedoms hang by a thread, and no parliamentary rule will be more important than our fundamental rights as Americans,” he said.
In a boost to reform advocates, Biden indicated during a CNN town hall last month that he was open to trading obstructionism for voting rights. But he cautioned that he couldn’t lean into the debate until Democrats finalize their spending package because it would frustrate the very Democratic senators he needs for climate and social spending legislation.
To change or get rid of the 60-vote filibuster, Democrats would need total unity within their 50-member group, something they don’t have.
Sense. Joe manchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy & Environment – Presented by the American Petroleum Institute – Biden seeks to tackle methane Biden rallies nations to reduce methane emissions Democrats give Manchin warning about lack of progress on spending bill MORE (DW.Va.) and Kyrsten CinemaKyrsten Sinema Democrats listen to Manchin for lack of progress on spending bill Democrats on the cusp of broad agreement on Biden’s agenda Biden says Manchin will support final version of spending bill MORE (D-Ariz.) They are opposed to rejecting filibuster and others are seen as cautious, although some have noted that they are open to smaller changes specifically to electoral law.
Manchin, who helped draft the revised voting bill, said he saw Wednesday’s vote as an opening for broader negotiations to try to gain more Republican support.
“In the coming weeks and months, I am committed to building support for this bipartisan engagement that addresses threats to voting rights across our nation without infringing on the rights of states so that it can advance the regular order with bipartisan support, just like it has done for the last 56 years, ”Manchin said.