Senate Majority leader Schumer announced that a vote in the Senate is scheduled for January 17, 2022, to change the rules.
In a Dear Colleague Letter, Schumer shared how the Capitol incursion was a democracy attack.
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He said that the attacks on American democracy haven’t stopped.
“As we all are witnessing, the attacks on our democracy have not ceased. In fact, they have only accelerated,” Schumer wrote.
“Much like the violent insurrectionists who stormed the US Capitol nearly one year ago, Republican officials in states across the country have seized on the former president’s Big Lie about widespread voter fraud to enact anti-democratic legislation and seize control of typically non-partisan election administration functions,” he added.
Changing the filibuster rules on January 17 will advance legislation on voting rights protections.
Democrats attempted to pass an election and voting rights package, but it has been stalled in an evenly split Senate.
The republicans led filibuster blocked that, so the Democrats couldn’t get the needed 60 votes.
Once the legislation was stalled in the fall, Kamala Harris said, “We’re not going to give up. We’ve never given up — those of us who have fought for the right of every American to express their voice through their vote. We’re going to continue to do the work.”
There isn’t a sign that the Republicans were budging on the issue.
Schumer pushes to change the filibuster rules due to Republicans halting the legislation. If the rules are changed, the legislation could reach an advancement.
“We must adapt. The Senate must evolve like it has many times before.” He said in the letter.
“Let me be clear: January 6 was a symptom of a broader illness — an effort to delegitimize our election process, and the Senate must advance systemic democracy reforms to repair our republic or else the events of that day will not be an aberration — they will be the new norm,” Schumer wrote.
Senators Joe machine and Kyrsten Sinema warned that the Dems can advance with their legislation if the rules change.
“We hope our Republican colleagues change course and work with us,” he wrote. “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.”