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How does Schumer plan to 'fix' the filibuster?

from The Gray Area:

There is renewed chatter amongst Democrats about weakening the filibuster. On Monday, Sen. Schumer announced that the Senate would debate or consider “reforms” to the filibuster before Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Democrats tie push on election laws to anniversary of Jan. 6 attack on Capitol by Trump supporters. In the Senator's letter to his Democrat caucus he says: The Senate must evolve, like it has many times before. The Senate was designed to evolve and has evolved many times in our history. Using former Democrat KKK leader for inspiration he added: As former Senator Robert Byrd famously said, Senate Rules “must be changed to reflect changed circumstances.” Put more plainly by Senator Byrd, “Congress is not obliged to be bound by the dead hand of the past.” It is clear he will make whatever changes to the filibuster that are necessary to pass the Election takeover bill (For The People Act) and the BBB. How the Senate filibuster rules would be changed remains under discussion.

It seems certain that a full-scale end of the filibuster is out of reach for Democrats. Changing the rules would need all 50 votes, and Manchin and Sinema have made it clear they are unwilling to go that far. The following Senators have indicated they may be open to weakening the filibuster, and are up for reelection this year and especially need to hear from their constituents. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) Senators are wary of a sweeping overhaul after seeing the fallout that came from Democrats ending the filibuster for some judicial and executive branch nominees. Once Republicans took power, Sen. Mitch McConnell, the GOP leader, did away with the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations — ushering three Trump-picked conservative justices to the high court. Private talks with senators have been underway for weeks and continued during the holiday break. Ideas include forcing senators to hold the floor, old-fashioned style, rather than simply raise their filibuster objections. Other ideas are also being considered.

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