Comity? Bipartisanship? Who needs it?! Chuck’s got the gavel and he’s not afraid to use it.
Democrats will move forward on U.S. President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief plan without Republican support if necessary, U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said on Tuesday.
“We want to work with our Republican colleagues to advance this legislation in a bipartisan way. But the work must move forward, preferably with our Republican colleagues, but without them if we must.”
Translation: We want you to vote for our proposal, but if you don’t, we’ll just pass it without you.
It’s not clear that Schumer can follow through. With the filibuster still in place, he needs 60 votes to pass the relief proposal, and it doesn’t look like 10 Republicans have pledged to cross the aisle.
He could be threatening the ‘nuclear option’ early, which is where a simple majority of the Senate votes to change the rules. We’ll see if the Democrat holdouts that don’t want to change the filibusters, Simena (D-AZ) and Manchin (D-WV), stick to their guns.