Schumer in 2005 says eliminating the filibuster would ‘be doomsday for democracy’





Schumer vows Senate rules change vote by Jan. 17 if GOP blocks voting fraud bill




Charles Schumer said on Monday that he will force a vote by Jan. 17 on changing the Senate’s rules if Republicans again block voting fraud legislation. “The fight for the ballot is as old as the Republic. Over the coming weeks, the Senate will once again consider how to perfect this union and confront the historic challenges facing our democracy,” Schumer wrote in a letter sent to the Senate Democratic Caucus.


“We hope our Republican colleagues change course and work with us. But if they do not, the Senate will debate and consider changes to Senate rules on or before January 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to protect the foundation of our democracy: free and fair elections,” he added.


Schumer’s new timeline, outlined in Monday’s letter, comes as the Senate is returning to Washington this week after leaving in mid-December without a deal on the path forward.


“Make no mistake about it: this week Senate Democrats will make clear that what happened on January 6th and the one-sided, partisan actions being taken by Republican-led state legislatures across the country are directly linked, and we can and must take strong action to stop this anti-democratic march,” Schumer wrote.


“Let me be clear: January 6th was a symptom of a broader illness – an effort to delegitimize our election process, and the Senate must advance systemic democracy reforms to repair our republic or else the events of that day will not be an aberration – they will be the new norm,” he added.


But to change the rules without GOP support, which they aren’t expected to get, Schumer would need total unity from all 50 of his members – something he doesn’t have.


Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have both reiterated recently that they support the 60-vote hurdle and both have appeared cool to the idea of a carveout that would exempt certain bills but leave the filibuster intact for others.


A group within the Senate Democratic Caucus, including Sens. Angus King (I-Maine), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), have been in talks with Manchin and met with Sinema before the holi

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