Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is doubling down on his party’s threats to pursue drastic reforms, warning that “everything is on the table” as Democrats look for ways to block President Donald Trump’s nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, from being confirmed to the Supreme Court.
According to Breitbart, the New York senator said he would “love” to make Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. into states in a Wednesday interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid.
Schumer lobbies for big changes
In his talk with Reid, Schumer confirmed that his party is “using all the tactics we can” to delay Barrett’s confirmation.
The Democrat said he would “love to” make Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico states if Democrats win the majority. If Democrats are successful in that endeavor, the Senate would get four extra seats, likely Democratic, The Epoch Times notes.
“I would — believe me, on D.C. and Puerto Rico, particularly if Puerto Rico votes for it, D.C. already has voted for it and wants it. I’d love to make them states,” Schumer said Wednesday, according to Breitbart.
The minority leader also indicated he would end the filibuster, which would make it significantly easier for Democrats to pass their proposals with a simple majority.
“I’m not busting my chops to become majority leader to do very little or nothing. We are going to get a whole lot done. And as I’ve said, everything, everything is on the table,” Schumer said, as Breitbart reported.
Dems planning drastic reforms
Democrats have increasingly discussed taking these steps as retaliatory measures against the push by Republicans to confirm Barrett, which seems all but certain to succeed, giving conservatives a 6–3 majority on the Supreme Court. In addition to adding new states and changing how the Senate does its business, Dems have discussed packing the Supreme Court itself.
At Tuesday night’s presidential debate, former Vice President Joe Biden pointedly ignored a question from moderator Chris Wallace asking if he would pursue either packing the courts or ending the filibuster. “Whatever position I take on that, that will become the issue,” Biden said, according to Fox News.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), for his part, has warned of the Democrats’ plans, saying last week, “They want to nuke the Senate to pack the Senate.”
“They want senators to vandalize the rules to pass legislation with a simple majority, and then use that ill-gotten power to cement a presumed advantage by awarding the District of Columbia two seats,” McConnell added in a speech on the Senate floor, according to Fox.
It sounds like Democrats are prepared to go nuclear. It’s just one more reason that Republicans have got to keep them out of the majority this November.