How Democrats might approach altering the filibuster for voting rights

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has not yet tipped his hand to what sort of votes the Senate may take in the coming days regarding voting rights, or votes to alter the filibuster.

Regardless, at this stage, Schumer lacks the votes to overcome a GOP filibuster of the bill. Schumer is also short on votes to alter Senate filibuster provisions. Therefore, Schumer doesn’t have the votes to pass the bills.

Those three things are the only certainties about the Senate over the next few days.

Schumer has just said that the Senate will take a vote related to voting rights and the filibuster sometime between now and Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 17.

Mitch McConnell, Republican senator from Kentucky, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democratic senator from New York, faceoff 

It’s possible the Senate could be in session this weekend and, those key votes, could fall over the weekend.

So, let’s start with the possibilities:

Schumer attempted to bring up voting rights measures on a couple of occasions last year. Breaking a filibuster just to launch debate on a bill, and, closing debate on the underlying bill itself, requires 60 votes. Schumer

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