According to Politico Nightly;
Senators don’t often get unsolicited advice from their counterparts across the Capitol. But 10 days ago, nearly 100 House Democrats made Majority Leader Chuck Schumer a doozy of a request.They called on Schumer’s caucus “to do what it takes to pass an agenda that meets the needs of everyday people.” More precisely, the House Democrats declared that progress toward a $15 minimum wage, “voting rights, climate and environmental justice, gun violence prevention, immigration reform, worker protections, LGBTQ equality, and reforming our criminal-legal system will likely be further obstructed — unless we end the filibuster.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks on the phone while arriving to the U.S. Capitol.
There’s one very large problem with their proposal: Senate Democrats are not united on a legislative vehicle that can advance even one of those priorities, much less all of them. As one senator told our Burgess Everett and Marianne LeVine, who today dug into the problems befalling the party’s House-passed voting rights and elections bill , “task one” is finding a path to get all 50 Democratic caucus members on board. “Task two, go out and see if there’s any path towards ending the filibuster over this.”On issue after issue, the Senate is still stuck on task one. No matter how much the House Democratic majority would prefer to talk about task two.On the elections bill, both Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and — as our reporters scooped last month — several members of the Congressional Black Caucus would like to see Democrats shift their attention to a bill named for the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) that focuses solely on voting rights. That narrower legislation is more targeted than some House Democrats would prefer. But it has a strong chance to command unified Democratic support, and it even won the backing of one GOP senator during the previous Congress.When it comes to other issues, the picture is even bleaker for filibuster abolitionists.Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is still trying to find a workable way forward in the upper chamber on legislation to curb gun violence.And even though nearly every Democrat campaigns on raising the minimum wage, Senate Democrats still haven’t coalesced around a single proposal after eight of them voted against a $15 hourly rate in March.Senators from both parties are talking about immigration , but they’re a long way from a consensus bill that can win over centrist Democrats like Manchin and Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema as well as House progressives who’d rather take a bigger swing.On LGBTQ rights, the outlook is a little closer to unity but still not conclusive: Manchin is the lone Democratic senator who hasn’t cosponsored the party’s preferred bill.There is a noticeable gap between the aspirations of filibuster critics and reality: If and when Schumer tries to quash decades of precedent governing the 60-vote threshold, he’ll do it for high-profile legislation where he’s confident he can win 50 votes (with Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote ready to go). Right now, legislation boasting both Democratic unity and the necessary political momentum doesn’t exist
Report by Elana Schor