Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted Democrats late Sunday, calling their effort to pass voting legislation “The Left’s Big Lie” as they prepare to try and pass another bill.
McConnell, R-Ky., criticized Democrats’ belief that “there is some evil anti-voting conspiracy sweeping America” in a letter to reporters, invoking Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s, D-N.Y., promise to try and change the chamber’s rules if their bill fails when voted on later this week.
“[Democrats] will try to use fake hysteria to break the Senate and silence millions of Americans’ voices so they can take over elections and ram through their radical agenda,” McConnell said, adding how he and “Senate Republicans have repeatedly stood up to the left and their Big Lie.”
Republicans have filibustered two Democratic voting bills in the last year. Democrats claim that the reforms are necessary to address election bills that restrict mail-in and early voting in many GOP-controlled states.
Democrats could abolish filibuster with no Republican support, allowing them then to pass their voting legislation with a simple majority. However, Democratic Senators. Joe Manchin, West Virginia, and Kyrsten Sinema, Arizona, have been firm in their opposition.
However, there is one area of compromise that could be reached: reforming the Electoral Count Act of1887 to stop partisan actors from overturning elections. McConnell and Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) have both been involved in a compromise. said they are open to the idea, and a group of bipartisan senators reportedly met last week to discuss areas of agreement.
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