As the House passes several big policy priorities, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is vowing that he will put the bills on the floor this year, setting up high-profile showdowns on President Biden’s campaign promises.
Democrats say the strategy is two-fold: It will make Republicans go on the record in opposition and could demonstrate to Democrats wary of reforming the legislative filibuster that much of their agenda will be stuck in limbo without reforms…
It’s unclear what could change minds, though Democrats view two areas as fertile ground: voting rights and gun background checks.
Democrats vowed on Tuesday to take up and debate legislation to expand background checks in the wake of a shooting in Colorado that left 10 people dead. But the House-passed bill that extends background checks to all sales and transfers, with some exemptions, can’t get 60 votes in the Senate.