- Drew Berquist - https://www.drewberquist.com -

Schumer To Use Nuke Option Against Filibuster

The Democrats have a long term death wish. What kind of party, that is likely going into a senate minority next year, wants to go down on record now against the filibuster? Dear God Chuck, get a grip.

FNC: “Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer Tuesday issued a stern warning to Republicans and Democrat defenders of the filibuster ahead of upcoming votes on Democrats’ election bills: ‘We are going to vote. We are all going to go on the record.’

Schumer, D-N.Y., made the comments immediately after opening floor debate on a piece of legislation the House passed last week combining two major Democrat-backed elections bills. He promised that the Senate will not only vote on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act, but also on whether to defang the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster if Republicans block them, as they are expected to.

Schumer’s anti-filibuster effort is doomed to fail. All Republicans will oppose it and Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., doubled down on their opposition to a “nuclear option” step last week. The nuclear option is a parliamentary maneuver in which the Senate can set a new precedent for how it does business with just a simple majority.”

“As we debate these measures, the Senate will confront the critical question: Shall the members of this chamber do what is necessary to pass these bills and bring them closer to the president’s desk?” Schumer said. “Today we have just taken the first steps that will put everyone, everyone on the record…When this chamber confronts a question this important… you don’t slide it off the table and say, ‘nevermind,’” Schumer said Tuesday. “Win, lose or draw members of this chamber were elected to debate and to vote… And the public is entitled to know where each senator stands on an issue as sacrosanct as defending our democracy.”

Mitch McConnell struck back with an effective response. “The Democratic Leader is using fake hysteria about 2021 state laws to justify a power grab he began floating in 2019 and an election takeover that was first drafted in 2019,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said last week. “10 days of early voting and excuse-only absentees in Delaware is just fine, but 17 days of early voting and no-excuse absentees in Georgia is racist Jim Crow?” McConnell added. “The Senate Democratic Leader pretends it is a civil rights crisis that Georgia has enshrined more early voting and more absentee balloting than his state of New York has ever allowed.”