September 30, 2022

Schumer using Jan. 6 anniversary to focus on voting rights reform

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is using the anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to push for voting rights reforms in the Senate, claiming he will push to change the rules if Republicans continue to block the issue.

“Let me be clear: January 6th was a symptom of a broader illness, an effort to delegitimize our election process, and the Senate must advance systemic reforms to repair our democracy or else the events of that day will not be an aberration—they will be the new norm,” Schumer wrote.

“If Republicans continue to block our efforts, 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,” he added.

The moves include plans to push an end to the filibuster to pass voting rights and perhaps other Democrat legislation.

So far, at least two Democrat senators, West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema, remain opposed, leaving Schumer’s words as mere talk.

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