Schumer on ending filibuster: “Failure is not an option, we must create change”

by Peter Heck · Feb 1st, 2021 9:08 am
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Last Updated Feb 2nd, 2021 at 9:45 pm

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed Saturday that his party would deliver "big, bold change," whether Republicans attempt to stand in the way or not.

Speaking with MSNBC's Al Sharpton, Schumer played coy when asked about the possibility of abolishing the filibuster in order to cram through legislation on a strict party-line vote, simply saying "failure is not an option."

"Well, Rev, we have one goal: big, bold change in America," Schumer told Sharpton. "We would like the Republicans to join us in some of those things at least, and maybe they will. But we are going to get that change no matter what. We cannot — there is such a demand, three huge issues we have to do: climate, huge issue facing the country, racial and economic inequality, which has gotten worse, not better, which demands change and justice in a big, bold way, and improving our democracy."

When it comes to "improving our democracy," Schumer said that would include making the District of Columbia the 51st state, creating automatic voter registration, "letting people vote much more easily," and stopping "bad money" from impacting elections.

Recognizing that many of those legislative objectives would come with stiff Republican opposition, Sharpton asked if Democrats were still considering the elimination of the filibuster.

"Well, as I've said, we will find a way to do big, bold change," Schumer said. "And our caucus will sit down and figure it out, but failure is not an option. We must create change."


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