Schumer Set To Move Forward With Vote To End GOP Filibuster Of Voting Rights Legislation

January 19, 2022
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 18: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a news conference following a Senate democratic caucus meeting on voting rights and the filibuster on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Ja... WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 18: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks during a news conference following a Senate democratic caucus meeting on voting rights and the filibuster on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Senate began debate Tuesday on an effort to enact sweeping voting rights reforms. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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January 19, 2022

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is primed to have the upper chamber vote to end Republicans’ filibuster of voting rights legislation on Wednesday evening, likely followed by a vote to change how the filibuster functions. The plan is to offer a “talking filibuster” proposal to the floor, under which voting rights legislation would only require a simple majority to advance toward final passage following lengthy debate.

Changes to the filibuster look ill-fated at the moment: Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have made clear that they won’t budge on their loyalty to the filibuster in its current form.

Today's rough schedule: 

  • Senate convened at 10 a.m., with floor speeches expected throughout the day
  • Senate recessed from 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. for weekly caucus meetings 
  • Republicans filibustered the vote to end debate on the voting rights bills, and the vote failed just before 9 p.m.
  • The Senate is now debating the filibuster reform, which is expected to come to a vote later tonight
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is primed to have the upper chamber vote to end Republicans’ filibuster of voting rights legislation on Wednesday evening, likely followed by a vote to change how the filibuster functions. The plan is to offer a “talking filibuster” proposal to the floor, under which voting rights legislation would only require a simple majority to advance toward final passage following lengthy debate.

Changes to the filibuster look ill-fated at the moment: Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have made clear that they won’t budge on their loyalty to the filibuster in its current form.

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