Chuck Schumer on the filibuster in 2017: If you can't get 60 stemme, 'you shouldn't change the rules'

Verlede maand, Schumer penned a letter to his Democratic colleagues forecasting a vote on the Senate floor on liberal legislation to federalize elections, but made it clear that the caucus would have to change the rules in order to push their agenda forward.

SCHUMER TO USE JAN. 6 ANNIVERSARY TO MAKE PUSH FOR FEDERAL VOTING RIGHTS BILL

I would ask you to consider this question: if the right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy, then 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 wrote.

I believe our constituents deserve to know which Senators choose to hide behind ill-conceived and abused rules,” Schumer added. “Therefore … Members will be given the chance to debate on the Senate floor and cast a vote so that their choice on this matter is clear and available for everyone to see.

Senaat Meerderheidsleier Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., praises his Democratic Caucus at a news conference just after the Senate narrowly approved a $  1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Saterdag, Maart 6, 2021. Senate passage sets up final congressional approval by the House next week so lawmakers can send it to President Joe Biden for his signature. (AP Foto / J. Scott Applewhite)

Senaat Meerderheidsleier Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., praises his Democratic Caucus at a news conference just after the Senate narrowly approved a $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Saterdag, Maart 6, 2021. Senate passage sets up final congressional approval by the House next week so lawmakers can send it to President Joe Biden for his signature. (AP Foto / J. Scott Applewhite)

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