A dark money led-coalition of more than 100 liberal groups is ramping up calls for Democrats to nuke the 60-vote Senate threshold following the blockade of a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Fix Our Senate, the coalition’s leader, on Thursday sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., with the renewed calls. The letter, however, appears geared toward pressuring Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., into supporting the elimination of the filibuster.
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“We have moved past hypotheticals and entered a perilous new moment for our democracy,” reads the letter, first obtained by NBC News. “Senate Republicans’ decision to block legislation establishing a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection is a shameful abdication of their duties to our country. As Senator Joe Manchin said, ‘So disheartening. It makes you really concerned about our country.'”
“That Republicans could not even support a bipartisan investigation into a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol reflects dangerously misplaced priorities: they have chosen party over country, obstruction over progress, and Trump over democracy. In the face of Republicans’ inability and unwillingness to defend our democracy, it is clearer than ever that the filibuster needs to be eliminated.”
WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 28: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) talks with reporters after stepping off the Senate Floor at the U.S. Capitol on May 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Senate decided to postpone debate on the act after a small group of Republicans filibustered the bill overnight. The Senate also failed to reach the 60 votes necessa
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