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Schumer slammed for missing self-imposed deadline on voting rights package: ‘Failing leadership’


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Sen. Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., will delay a vote on electoral reform legislation until Tuesday, missing a self-imposed deadline to pass suffrage legislation before the recess. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday.

The pair of voting rights bills are in limbo after Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia doubled down on their opposition to overturning the filibuster rule on Thursday, despite personal pleas from Schumer and President Biden.

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“Due to circumstances regarding COVID and another potentially dangerous winter storm approaching the DC area this weekend, the Senate will adjourn tonight,” Schumer announced Thursday evening.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York sits before a Senate Committee on Rules and Administration oversight hearing January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 in Washington.
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Rather than keep the Senate all weekend to meet its Monday deadline, Schumer sent lawmakers home, citing snow forecasts for the East Coast and alluding to the COVID-19 case of Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii , which put the Democrats’ perilous 50-seat majority down by one person.

Schumer said the suspension scheduled for next week will be delayed so lawmakers can return to Washington on Tuesday to consider voting rights legislation.

“Make no mistake about it, the US Senate is going — for the first time this Congress — to debate voting rights legislation starting Tuesday,” Schumer said.

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Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, questioned Schumer’s competence.

Schumer “can’t meet his own deadlines,” Ernst tweeted. “If you can’t even run the Senate, what makes you think you can run the US election?”

SFr. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., asked if Schumer had been overpromising because he was “afraid” of a potential main challenge from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y.

“Chuck Schumer’s failing leadership in the Senate has gone from bad to worse,” Barrasso said in a statement to Fox News Digital. “He can’t stick to a simple schedule and then promise votes he can’t win and have to cancel or lose. Schumer must be afraid of AOC’s shadow to think that’s the kind of government that the American people are looking for.”

The missed deadline capped off a tough day for Schumer and the Democrats.

Biden made a personal visit to the Capitol on Thursday to speak to Democrats about passing the voting reforms, but before he arrived Sinema went to the Senate and delivered the killing blow, saying she would not vote to stand. get rid of the 60 votes. threshold.

Schumer slammed for missing self-imposed deadline on voting rights package: ‘Failing leadership’

Senator Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, delivers remarks in the Senate in support of legislative filibuster on Thursday, January 13, 2022.

“I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of the division that infects our country,” Sinema said.

Manchin then issued another statement reiterating that he will not get rid of the tradition of needing 60 votes to pass most laws.

“I will not vote to remove or weaken the filibuster,” Manchin said.

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When Sinema and Manchin didn’t back down, Biden invited them both to the White House on Thursday night to discuss a way forward on the ballot bills.

Still, it’s unclear what, if any, is the way forward for Schumer and Biden on passing electoral reforms that Republicans forcefully oppose.


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