Watch: Schumer Uses Jan 6th Anniversary for Voting Rights Push

Written By BlabberBuzz | Thursday, 06 January 2022 12:00
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is using the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill to stress the importance of passing what he insists is an "urgently-needed" federal voting rights legislation.

Ahead of the holidays, Schumer announced to colleagues that when Congress resumed in January, the Senate, "as early as the first week back," would consider voting rights legislation.

In a letter penned to Senate Democrats Monday, Schumer, D-N.Y., reflected on the attack on Capitol Hill last year, describing it as a "naked attempt to derail our Republic's most sacred tradition: the peaceful transfer of power," and pointed to the Senate's plans to consider election legislation.

"Domestic violent extremists sought to inflict chaos and violence," wrote Schumer. "Fueled by conspiracy and the ravings of a vengeful former President, they sought to destroy our Republic. Our democracy held – for now."

Schumer also noted that "attacks on our democracy have not ceased," but "accelerated," saying Republican officials in states across the nation 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 administration functions."

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It is unclear which Republicans in which states Schumer was referring to in his letter, but he claimed their actions were intended to "unwind the progress of our Union, restrict access to the ballot, silence the voices of millions of voters, and undermine free and fair elections."

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Schumer asserted that this week Senate Democrats would "make clear that what happened on January 6th and the one-sided, partisan actions being taken by Republican-led state legislatures across the country are directly linked, and we can and must take strong action to stop this anti-democratic march."

"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 democracy reforms to repair our republic or else the events of that day will not be an aberration – they will be the new norm," Schumer wrote. "Given the urgency of the situation and imminence of the votes, we as Senate Democrats must urge the public in a variety of different ways to impress upon their Senators the importance of acting and reforming the Senate rules, if that becomes a prerequisite for action to save our democracy."

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Schumer went on to write how Senate Democrats have "fought back against these assaults, uniting behind comprehensive legislation that would address these threats to our democracy," but wrote that the "common-sense solutions" have been "repeatedly blocked" by Senate Republicans.

"In June, August, October, and once more in November, Republicans weaponized arcane Senate rules to prevent even a simple debate on how to protect our democracy," Schumer wrote.

Senate Republicans blocked the legislation four times in 2021.

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