Schumer vows to turn up the heat on GOP on voting rights

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is forcing votes on Democrats’ election reform proposals and the Senate filibuster this week in a move to draw a line between Democrats and Republicans on voting rights – but one that will also shine a spotlight on Democrats’ intraparty divisions. Reported by Fox News

“We will be postponing recess so the Senate can vote on voting rights. We will return on Tuesday to take up the House-passed message containing voting rights legislation,” Schumer, D-N.Y., said Friday. “Members of this chamber were elected to debate and to vote, particularly on an issue as vital to the beating heart of our democracy as this one. And we will proceed.”

“And if Senate Republicans choose obstruction over protecting the sacred right to vote — as we expect them to — the Senate will consider and vote on changing the Senate rules — as has been done many times before — to allow for the passage of voting rights legislation,” Schumer added.

“How can we in good conscience allow for a situation in which the Republican Party can debate and pass voter suppression laws at the state level with only a simple majority vote, but not allow the United States Senate to do the same?” Schumer said Friday. “We will confront this sobering question and every member will go on record.”

Democrats will surely be trying some hail marys before the mid-term election. With Schumer vowing to turn up the heat on the GOP over voting legislation is going to expose the moderate Democrats on the filibuster. Chuck Schumer is no Harry Reid. If it were Harry Reid still at the helm, I might be a little worried.

But I don’t think the Republicans are worried about what Schumer is going to try. They know, with Schumer trying to force members to vote for their voting legislation tells Republicans just how scared and worried that the Democrats will lose control of the House this year.

Republicans are salivating over the opportunity to craft campaign ads against other Democrats, like Sens. Catherine Cortez-Masto, D-Nev., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., who made statements that they’re for some form of filibuster changes but will now have to say so in a Senate roll call vote.

“I think we’ll send him a gift basket or something,” National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Chris Hartline told Fox News last month of the possibility that Schumer could force vulnerable members of his party to vote on the filibuster.

Don’t believe the Democrats when they say they want to change the filibuster rules for voting right legislation, when in fact that is just a decoy. If they were to be successful at eliminating the filibuster they would have free rein to pass whatever they wanted to pass.

Mitch McConnell has tried reasoning with Schumer, well I don’t know, maybe I should say with Pelosi. He has reminded the crusaders that they will not hold power forever. That to me sounds like advice more than a warning. The Minority would be powerless. All we can do now is wait and watch.

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