WASHINGTON (AP) – A few days before the anniversary of the January 6 attack on the CapitolMajority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that the Senate would vote on filibuster rule changes to advance blocked electoral legislation that Democrats say is necessary to protect democracy.
In a letter to colleagues on Monday, Schumer, DN.Y., said the Senate “must evolve” and that it “will debate and consider” rule changes by January 17, no later than the day by Martin Luther King Jr., as Democrats want. to overcome Republican opposition to their package of electoral laws.
“Be clear: January 6 was a symptom of a larger disease – an effort to delegitimize our electoral process,” Schumer wrote, “and the Senate must push forward systemic democratic reforms to mend our republic, if not the events of that day will not happen. be an aberration – they will be the new normal.
The elections and voting rights package was stuck in the equally divided 50-50 Senate, blocked by a Republican-led filibuster and leaving Democrats unable to cross the 60-vote threshold needed to move him forward to the passage .
Democrats have failed to come to an agreement among themselves on potential changes to Senate rules to lower the 60-vote barrier, despite months of private negotiations.
Two recalcitrant Democrats, the senses. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona tried to warn their party of changes to Senate rules, arguing that if and when Republicans take majority control of the chamber, they could use the threshold of lower vote to advance bills that Democrats oppose.
President Joe Biden has waded cautiously in the debate – a former senator who largely sticks to existing rules but also comes under enormous political pressure to break the deadlock on electoral legislation.
How the rules of the Senate would be changed remains under discussion.
Voting rights advocates are warning Republican-led states are passing election legislation and attempting to install election officials loyal to former president Donald Trump in a way that could overturn future elections.
Trump urged his supporters on Jan.6 to “fight like hell” for his presidency, and a mob stormed Capitol Hill trying to prevent Congress from certifying the state election tally for Biden. It was the worst national attack on the seat of government in US history.