WASHINGTON (AP) – Days leading up to the anniversary of the January 6th attack on the Capitol, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that the Senate would vote on changes to the filibuster rules to advance stalled voting laws that Democrats believe will Protection of democracy are needed.
In a letter to colleagues Monday, Schumer, DN.Y., said the Senate “needs to move forward” and will “debate and consider” rule changes by January 17, on or before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as the Democrats seek to overcome Republican resistance to their electoral law package.
“Let me be clear: January 6th was a symptom of a wider disease – an attempt to delegitimize our electoral process,” wrote Schumer, “and the Senate must push systemic democratic reforms to repair our republic, otherwise events on this one will happen Day will not happen. “Be a deviation – they will be the new norm.”
The electoral and suffrage package has stalled in the evenly split 50-50 Senate, blocked by a Republican-led filibuster, and Democrats unable to hit the 60-vote threshold required to pass the passage to advance.
Despite months of private negotiations, the Democrats were unable to agree on possible changes to the Senate rules to lower the 60-vote threshold.
Two rejecting Democrats, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, have tried to warn their party about changes to Senate rules and submit bills that the Democrats reject.
President Joe Biden has crept cautiously into the debate – a former senator who largely stands by the existing rules but is also under tremendous political pressure to break the deadlock on voting legislation.
How the Senate Regulations should be changed remains under discussion.
Suffrage advocates warn that Republican-led states are passing electoral laws and trying to appoint loyal election officials to former President Donald Trump in ways that could undermine future elections.
Trump called on his supporters on Jan. 6 to fight “like hell” for his presidency, and a mob stormed the Capitol to prevent Congress from confirming the state election results for Biden. It was the worst domestic political attack on the seat of government in US history.