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Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 826,064; Tuesday, 827,749.
The hush of 8 to 10 inches of snow in Washington put a temporary chill on Senate action on Monday as Democrats searched for a way to resurrect an agenda and turn their attention to the heat of battle over voting rights.
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.) said in a letter to Senate Democrats on Monday that he will force a vote by Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to change Senate rules if Republicans again block voting rights legislation.
“The fight for the ballot is as old as the Republic. Over the coming weeks, the Senate will once again consider how to perfect this union and confront the historic challenges facing our democracy,” Schumer wrote (The Hill).
The move marks the Democratic leader’s latest offensive to alter the upper chamber’s rules in a bid to force through a voting rights package — one of the top priorities of progressives. Over the past year, the GOP has used the 60-vote threshold to block voting rights and election reform bills.
The renewed effort also coincides with this week’s anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, with the majority party using the marker to emphasize the need for new legislation. However, what lies ahead is a very significant roadblock no Democrat has been able to overcome: opposition by Sens. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaSchumer makes plea for voting bill, filibuster…