To ensure that Democrat reform legislation is passed through Congress, Chuck Schumer will schedule a vote to change the rule of filibuster.
Republicans are using filibuster to stop a major effort to nationalize the elections.
Schumer is using January 6th’s anniversary as an opportunity to reform and has planned the vote for January 17th Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“Let me be clear: January 6th was a symptom of a broader illness — an effort to delegitimize our election process,” Schumer wrote in a letter to his Democrat colleagues.
“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.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the Senate would vote to change chamber’s rule known as the filibuster by January 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in order to enact voting rights legislation https://t.co/RWa5WaPDvR pic.twitter.com/U5j8Vf78g3
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 4, 2022
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Schumer is a hypocrite about the Filibuster
Schumer (D-NY) has adamantly argued in the past against eliminating the filibuster, at one point calling the notion a “doomsday for democracy.”
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The 2005 video shows the Democrat lawmaker, angrily lamenting the notion of changing the rules at MoveOn.org.
They want to “make this country into a banana republic, where if you don’t get your way, you change the rules,” he said.
“Are we gonna let them? It will be a doomsday for Democracy if we do.”
FLASHBACK: @SenSchumer in 2005: Eliminating the filibuster would “be a doomsday for democracy.”pic.twitter.com/NW3ZzoumHy
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) January 3, 2022
Schumer now argues that the elimination of filibuster would be a good idea. necessary for democracy. Why? They need to change voting laws and hold on to power in order not only are they holding tight, but also because the Red Wave is widely expected by all.
That wasn’t the only time Schumer argued against rule changes for the filibuster.
In 2017, the New York Democrat was attempting to block the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch while Republicans were trying to have him installed on the court in spite of the resistance party’s votes to filibuster.
If you can’t “get 60 votes, you shouldn’t change the rules,” he said adding that circumventing the filibuster is “acting like you know they’re a cat on the top of a tree and they have to jump off with all the damage that entails.”
Sen. Schumer on Gorsuch nominee: “When a nominee doesn’t get 60 votes, you shouldn’t change the rules — you should change the nominee.” pic.twitter.com/1QmmZZSkcT
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) April 2, 2017
Schumer further went after Senators he said were “bound and determined to change the rules and trample on Senate tradition” by lowering the 60-vote threshold, and said, “We made one mistake, we shouldn’t have changed the rules for lower court judges.”
RELATED: Democrat Senator Says Republicans Abused ‘Corrupt’ Filibuster, Jake Tapper Reminds Him ‘You’ve Used It Too’
Does the Democratic Party Have The Votes?
Schumer’s comments in 2017 were addressing Senator Mitch McConnell having triggered the so-called ‘nuclear option’ after Democrats filibustered the nomination of Gorsuch.
That ‘one mistake’ he is referring to?
Senate Democrats led by Harry Reid (then-Majority Leader), dramatically decreased the power of minority parties by eliminating filibuster in most presidential nominations.
Reid boasted that Reid had made the announcement on social media.
“Thanks to all of you who encouraged me to consider filibuster reform,” the late Senator said at the time. “It had to be done.”
What was once a “doomsday for democracy” is now Schumer’s top priority before his party loses power. What was once a ‘mistake’ is now the only path Democrats can take to cling to relevance.
Schumer wants Sinema to and Manchin onboard in order to eliminate the #filibuster. Hey @BarackObama — how do you feel about that? pic.twitter.com/JLEH16y2Ca
— Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) January 4, 2022
Still, as Schumer focuses on implementing a ‘doomsday for democracy,’ even as he argues that it is necessary for democracy, he recognizes that getting rules changed for the filibuster – whether a one-time carve-out for their pet legislation or a nuclear option – will be a tough battle.
Schumer has acknowledged it will be an “uphill fight” especially with two Senators in his own party repeatedly expressing opposition to reforming the filibuster.
“When circumstances change, the rules must change,” says Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on “proposing a broad measure of reforms” to the filibuster, adding that Sens. Sinema or Manchin have not yet joined the fold. “This is an uphill fight. But it is too important to abandon.” pic.twitter.com/6fB3yu1OLy
— New Day (@NewDay) January 4, 2022
In an op-ed defending the filibuster as a tool for democracy just prior to a vote on election reform vote, Senator Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) pointed out that her own party has used it to further negotiations “toward better solutions.”
“A Democratic Senate minority used the 60-vote threshold just last year to filibuster a police reform proposal and a covid-relief bill that many Democrats viewed as inadequate,” she argued.
“Those filibusters were mounted not as attempts to block progress, but to force continued negotiations toward better solutions.”
Opinion | Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.): We have more to lose than gain by ending the filibuster https://t.co/G8TzN6PjCQ
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 22, 2021
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) similarly argued that his party has used the filibuster in the past even as they portray it as ‘corrupt’ and an abuse of power.
“I will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster,” said Manchin, pointing out that his party is determined to “conveniently ignore how it has been critical to protecting the rights of Democrats in the past.”
As Dems renew their push for election reform, Sen. Manchin expresses opposition to the change of filibuster rules. @mkrajuReported pic.twitter.com/LNQhOZkiD5
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) January 4, 2022
Schumer needs to learn from Harry Reid. They might regret not getting Sinema and Manchin onboard and passing legislation through the filibuster.
It is not difficult to believe that Republicans will return to power in the next midterms. With the landscape looking a lot different by weakening the power of the minority party, the GOP will face little opposition in the final two years of President Biden’s term.