Schumer to miss own Senate filibuster change deadline with loss ensured

Schumer to miss own Senate filibuster change deadline with loss ensured


Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced late Thursday that the Senate would not reconvene until Jan. 18, scrapping his own deadline to force a vote on changing the legislative filibuster in the face of certain defeat.

Schumer had vowed earlier this month to put any potential rule changes to a vote by Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. However, expectations for a Senate showdown were dashed when Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) reaffirmed their longstanding opposition to messing with the 60-vote requirement.

“Due to circumstances regarding COVID and another potentially hazardous winter storm approaching the DC area this weekend, the Senate will adjourn tonight. However, we will be postponing the recess so the Senate can vote on voting rights,”

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