Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is threatening to change the rules for the filibuster to pass nationwide Democrat-backed election reforms.
The effort has been stalled in the evenly-divided Senate, lacking the 60 votes needed to overcome a Republican filibuster.
On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called plans to scrap the procedural rule a radical move that threatens to “break the Senate.”
“Based on what the majority leader said he’s going to try to break the Senate. Break the legislative filibuster to make some kind of narrow exception. There is no such thing as a narrow exception. This, in my view, is genuine radicalism,” McConnell said.
Schumer needs all 50 Democrats to vote in favor to make the change.
Two holdout Democrats, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, have tried to warn their party off changes to the…