Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer gave a fiery speech earlier today as the Senate debated the voting legislation for the first time in this Congress and he reiterated that when lawmakers GOP prevents Democrats from progressing, he will give his suggestion to allow “chatter” about voting laws.
“As we debate this issue, so important to our democracy, we will all face the crucial question: Will the members of this chamber do what is necessary to pass these bills and deliver them to the President’s desk? I hope that courage awakens in the hearts of our Republican colleagues before the day is over,” he said, adding that if the Senate is unable to protect the right to vote, “the Senate rules must be reformed. “
Schumer continued: “Our proposal for a discussion of these pieces of legislation would be the first step toward passing voting rights, restoring this agency, and breaking the impasse we are currently facing. facing this important issue.
As Schumer spoke, CNN counted about 30 Democrats in the Senate chamber, including the majority leader and Senator Pat Leahy, who was presiding. No Republicans were in the room during his speech. It had an impact, as Schumer’s daily morning speeches were often delivered into an empty chamber. Senator Joe Manchin, who will ultimately vote against nuclear option, was in the room, but Senator Kyrsten Sinema was not.
Schumer repeated in his remarks that he knows “it’s been an uphill battle” to change the Senate rules to pass election legislation because there are some people in the caucus who believe the legislative team ” help bring us together.”
He quashed that argument, saying, “I don’t see that evidence, proof of that at all, and I think the majority of my colleagues would agree with that.”
As two moderate Democrats, Manchin and Sinema, still oppose lowering the legislative group’s threshold, the Senate’s vote to change the rules is expected to fail.