Sen. Schumer will use Jan. 6 to pursue leftist voting laws

Congressional Democrats are attempting to use January 6th, the one-year anniversary of the so-called Capitol riot, to push far-left voting legislation, Breitbart reports

Leading the way here will be Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY). He gave us a preview of the push in a tweet that he published on Monday.

It read:

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’s “systemic reforms to repair our democracy”

The two pieces of legislation that Schumer will be pursuing are known as “The Freedom to Vote Act” and the “John Lewis Voting Rights Act.”

Breitbart has reported on both of them previously. Regarding “The Freedom to Vote Act,” the outlet writes:

[It] would make permanent the temporary voting expansion options put into place in the November 2020 election, expanding early voting and making voting-by-mail easier. It would also loosen voter ID requirements, allowing voters to present a wider range of identification cards and documents, according to Vox. The bill would also make Election Day a legal public holiday.

And, the “John Lewis Voting Rights Act,” the outlet writes, “would replace part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down in 2013 and would restore Justice Department review of changes in election law in states with a history of discrimination, according to USA Today.”

The problem, and Schumer’s solution

The problem is that, given the current makeup of Congress, where Democrats have a very narrow majority in the House and only a tie-breaking vote advantage in the Senate, the Democrats are not going to be able to pass these bills. If they could, they would have already. And, this time, they can’t use the budget reconciliation process to lower the 60-vote Senate threshold, since this is not a budgetary matter.

It is for this reason that Schumer is planning to hold a vote to change the filibuster rules. He revealed his intention in a letter that he wrote to his Senate colleagues.

“Much like the violent insurrectionists who stormed the US Capitol nearly one year ago, Republican officials in states across the country have seized on the former president’s Big Lie about widespread voter fraud to enact anti-democratic legislation and seize control of typically non-partisan election administrative functions,” Schumer wrote.

He continued, “We must ask ourselves: 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?”

It remains to be seen whether, even if the filibuster rules are changed, which seems unlikely, Schumer would have the support that he needs to pass either of the far-left voting bills.

But, the Democrats are making their intentions for 2022 clear: it appears they will go big before their predicted defeat in November.

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