On Jan. 3, Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., made this announcement: “We hope our Republican colleagues change course and work with us. But if they do not, the Senate will debate and consider changes to Senate rules on or before Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, to protect the foundation of our democracy: free and fair elections.”
The same day, Sen. Schumer wrote to his fellow Democratic senators:
Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., has received petitions, postcards, emails, calls and letters urging him to support changing the filibuster rules, so the U.S. Senate can debate the Freedom to Vote Act and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Still, he remains silent.
While Sen. Coons has been silent, legislators in Republican-controlled states have passed laws making it easier to sabotage elections and harder to vote.
Once again, we call on Sen. Coons to publicly support a change in filibuster rules. It is time for an up or down vote on the future of our American democracy. As Sen. Lyndon Johnson said in 1957, “This right to vote is the basic right, without which all others are meaningless.”
Chair, Progressive Democrats of Sussex County