McConnell blocks Schumer attempt for simple majority votes on Dems’ voting rights bills

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has blocked the attempt by Democrats to pass their “voting rights bill” by a simple Senate Majority.

Per the Hill “Schumer, on the Senate floor, detailed his offer: allowing the two bills to need only a simple majority to pass instead of needing the normal 60 votes to advance in the Senate. In exchange, Democrats would sign off on holding simple majority votes on nearly 20 bills that Republicans placed on the Senate calendar, which makes them available for a vote but doesn’t guarantee they’ll get one.”

“We Democrats aren’t afraid of these votes. So what I proposed to the Republican leader is that the Senate hold up-or-down votes at a majority threshold on each of the Republicans bills he has outlined tonight as well as the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act,” Schumer said while speaking on the Senate Floor.

McConnell rejected Schumer’s offer. Any one Senator could object and block the request.

Schumer has vowed to bring up changing the legislative filibuster by Jan. 17 but may face an obstacle in Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, who have publicly made it clear they do not support ending the filibuster.