Fiscal conservatives are breathing a sigh of relief as Biden’s trillion-dollar, socio-environmental boondoggle of a bill seems to have been shelved for the time being. And, according to a report from The Hill, it won’t be back any time soon.
“Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) informed colleagues Monday the Senate will turn immediately to voting rights legislation and would vote to reform the chamber’s filibuster rule by Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Jan. 17, if Senate Republicans block it,” the Hill adds.
“We hope our Republican colleagues change course and work with us. But if they do not, the Senate will debate and consider changes to Senate rules on or before January 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to protect the foundation of our democracy: free and fair elections,” Schumer says.
By “changes to senate rules” Schumer is referring to changes to the legislative fillibuster, which will certainly be an uphill battle for Dems —they’d need both Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) on board and neither are a fan of making changes to the filibuster.
“Being open to a rules change that would create a nuclear option, it’s very, very difficult. It’s a heavy lift,” Manchin told reporters.