Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) spoke out over the weekend to ominously say that Democrats will get “big, bold change” “no matter what” as he called on his party to tackle issues like “improving our democracy. Making D.C. a state, automatic voter registration.”
Schumer said this during an interview with Reverend Al Sharpton on MSNBC on Saturday.
“Well, Rev., we have one goal: big, bold change in America,” Schumer said. “We would like the Republicans to join us in some of those things at least, and maybe they will. But we are going to get that change no matter what. We cannot — there is such a demand, three huge issues we have to do: climate, huge issue facing the country, racial and economic inequality, which has gotten worse, not better, which demands change and justice in a big, bold way, and improving our democracy.”
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“Making D.C. a state, automatic voter registration, getting rid of Citizens United, all the things embodied in H.R. 1, which the House passed and McConnell would block up, but we’re going to fight to pass it in the Senate,” he added. “That’s why we’ve made it S 1. So, climate, racial inequality, economic inequality, and democracy, improving our democracy, letting people vote much more easily, dealing with D.C. and Puerto Rican statehood, dealing with bad money that flows in. The John Lewis Act, undoing the horrible decisions the court made, which defanged the Voting Rights Act, and that’s why Republicans have gotten away with taking people’s right away to vote for the last four years.”
“What about the filibuster?” Sharpton asked.
“Well, as I’ve said, we will find a way to do big, bold change,” Schumer replied. “And our caucus will sit down and figure it out, but failure is not an option. We must create change.”
Democrats now have control of the presidency, the Senate, and the House. It remains to be seen what changes that they will bring about for our country in the next few years.