(Headline USA) Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., admitted this week that Democrats want to pass a radical “voting rights” bill because they are worried they won’t win future elections otherwise.
“Just about every senator—every single one of the 50—is talking individually to Joe Manchin, to Kyrsten Sinema,” Schumer told MSNBC, implying that the centrist senators from West Virginia and Arizona, respectively, also were talking to themselves.
Many remain wary of the backlash once Republicans regain the Senate. But according to Schumer, that was precisely the point of enacting the legislation.
“[Democrats] are saying things like, ‘I’ll lose my election if the legislature is allowed to do this in my state. We’ll lose our majority, but more importantly, we’ll lose our democracy,’” Schumer revealed.
Schumer himself defended the filibuster not too long ago. When asked why he changed his position, the Democrat argued he flip-flopped because former President Donald Trump forced him to.
“This is a dastardly act, and it goes beyond any kind of politics, Democrat or Republican,” he claimed.
“It’s a real threat to our democracy,” he continued “If we don’t believe in the sanctity of voting, that’s it—that’s the well-screen of our democracy,” he said.
Sinema once again made it clear on Thursday that she will not vote to abolish the filibuster or change the Senate rules to allow Democrats to pass Biden’s voting bill without Republican support.
“Eliminating the 60-vote threshold will simply guarantee that we lose a critical tool that we need to safeguard our democracy from threats in the years to come,” she said.
SINEMA: “There’s no need for me to restate my longstanding support for the 60-vote threshold to pass legislation.”
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— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 13, 2022