Chuck Schumer is threatening to change the rules of the Senate to allow the Democrats to pass a bill that would institutionalize cheating and voter fraud. In order to accomplish that he has to change the rules of the Senate to do away with the filibuster. it is possible to eliminate the filibuster in order to vote on just this one bill. The joker in the deck is Kyrsten Sinema.
Joe Manchin has been terrific in holding the line on Build back better, but he has talked encircles on the two voting bills passed by the house and he could fold like a cheap road map. I think Sinema is the best bet to stop Schumer. She has held the line fairly firmly. Add to that the fact that Democrats are talking about a primary challenge her when she comes up for reelection, which could cause her to switch parties.
“If Republicans continue to block our efforts, 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.”
Schumer also sent a letter on Monday to the members of the Senate Democratic Caucus:
“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.”
“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.”
In addition, Schumer connected the new vow to the events of January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol Building.
“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 reforms to repair our democracy or else the events of that day will not be an aberration—they will be the new norm,” the senator wrote.
Schumer’s reference to changing the rules includes more than only voting rights legislation. Senate Democrats have increasingly discussed efforts to end the filibuster, a longstanding rule that requires a 60-vote supermajority to pass most legislation among the Senate’s 100 members.