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Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 826,064; Tuesday, 827,749; Wednesday, 830,284.
As Roger Daltrey once sang, “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”
That dynamic played out once again on Tuesday as Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerLike it or not, all roads forward for Democrats go through Joe Manchin Pelosi: It was ‘inexplicable’ why it took so long for National Guard to be activated on Jan. 6 Biden, Obama to speak at Reid’s funeral in Nevada MORE (D-N.Y.) laid out his desire to alter the chamber’s filibuster rules to enact voting rights reform, only to be swatted away by Sen. Joe Manchin (D) shortly thereafter.
The West Virginia centrist all but killed any chance for Democrats to change the 60-vote rule, warning that his “preference” is for any changes to be bipartisan.
“Being open to a rules change that would create a nuclear option, it’s very, very difficult. It’s a heavy lift,” Manchin told reporters when asked about using the “nuclear option,” in which Democrats would change the 60-vote legislative filibuster on their own. “I’m talking. I’m not agreeing to any of this. … I want to talk and see all the options we have open” (The Hill).
Nevertheless, Schumer reiterated his pledge to force a vote to nix the 60-vote threshold by Jan. 17 even though he noted that the party does not have the votes to make the change. As The Hill’s Jordain Carney notes, a group of Democrats that have spearheaded the voting rights discussion met with Schumer and Manchin (D-W.Va.) later in the day as part of running negotiations.
“It’s an uphill fight. I don’t want to give anybody the illusion that…