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Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each day this week: Monday, 850,605; Tuesday, 851,730; Wednesday, 854,074.
Senate Democrats have their game plan to deal with voting rights and election reform this week. Unfortunately for them, it still isn’t going to do the trick.
Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Voting rights week for Democrats (again) Kelly takes under-the-radar approach in Arizona Senate race Hundreds attend mass funeral for victims of Bronx apartment building fire MORE (D-N.Y.) proposed to the Senate Democratic Conference on Tuesday evening that they will employ a “talking filibuster” as part of their push to ram through the party priority. In recent days, members have rallied around the idea, which would require a simple majority to advance any bill toward final passage following extended debate.
“Win, lose or draw, we’re gonna vote,” Schumer said after the meeting. “If the Senate cannot protect the right to vote, which is the cornerstone of our democracy, then the Senate rules must be reformed” (The Hill).
However, it won’t work. Shortly before the caucus meeting, Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSenate Democrats eye talking filibuster NAACP president presses senators on voting rights: ‘You will decide who defines America’ Schumer tees up showdown on voting rights, filibuster MORE (D-W.Va.) shot it down, telling reporters that while he supports the “talking filibuster” in theory, he does not back it to circumvent the 60-vote threshold.
“There’s never been a simple majority vote to basically get off a debate,” Manchin said. “I don’t know how you break a rule to make a…