Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has continued to push to do away with the filibuster, promising on Monday that his House of Congress will change the Senate rules.
According to Newsmax, the Democrat made his promise because of Democrats’ desire to pass their party’s legislation, something that has proven difficult with the current rule in place that requires some Republicans to side with Democrats on the legislation.
Schumer was speaking at a National Action Network event where he said that Democrats would move forward with the rule change despite the fact that it will be a “tough fight.”
“I’m going to down to Washington, and we are going to debate voting rights,” Schumer said. “We are going to debate it, and, in the Senate, you know we need 60 votes to break a Republican filibuster.
The Senator went on to say that “since we only have 50 Democrats in our razor-thin majority, the only path forward on this important issue is to change the rules to bypass the filibuster.”
Currently, Democrats are struggling to get rid of the rule that requires them to have more support to pass their legislation with several of their already minority senators, not on board with the rule change.
As it stands currently, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are standing up to their party’s decision to attempt to remove the Republican-backed rule.
“There are two Democrats who don’t want to make that happen, but the fight is not over, far from it,” Schumer added.
Currently, despite holding the majority in the Senate, Democrats make 48 of 100 senators while Republicans have 50 members of the Senate and there are two independent members of the Senate.