Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer made no secrets that Democrats were pursuing an ambitious left-wing agenda during a discussion with Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC, promising that Democrats were looking into items such as D.C. statehood, automatic voter registration, and eliminating the legislative filibuster.
Schumer said, “Well, Rev., we have one goal: big, bold change in America. We would like the Republicans to join us in some of those things at least, and maybe they will. But we are going to get that change no matter what. We cannot — there is such a demand, three huge issues we have to do: climate, huge issue facing the country, racial and economic inequality, which has gotten worse, not better, which demands change and justice in a big, bold way, and improving our democracy. Making D.C. a state, automatic voter registration, getting rid of Citizens United, all the things embodied in H.R. 1, which the House passed and McConnell would block up, but we’re going to fight to pass it in the Senate. That’s why we’ve made it S 1. So, climate, racial inequality, economic inequality, and democracy, improving our democracy, letting people vote much more easily, dealing with D.C. and Puerto Rican statehood, dealing with bad money that flows in. The John Lewis Act, undoing the horrible decisions the court made, which defanged the Voting Rights Act, and that’s why Republicans have gotten away with taking people’s right away to vote for the last four years.”
Schumer also made clear he would not not let the legislative filibuster stand in his way either, saying that they will “find a way” to implement “big, bold change” in the country.
But making the kind of changes promised by Schumer will not be easy for Democrats. The 2020 Election left the party with a narrow House majority and a 50-50 split in the Senate. Even with the tie breaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris in the upper chamber, Schumer would still have to overcome moderate Democrats such as Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, both of whom have hinted they will not support some of the major changes their party proposes.
“Kyrsten is against eliminating the filibuster, and she is not open to changing her mind about eliminating the filibuster,” a spokesperson for Sinema said Monday.
Democrats would need all 50 Senate Dems plus Harris to pass the move.
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