Clyburn Demands Senate Nix Filibuster If New Voting Rights Bill Gets Blocked | Talking Points Memo

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House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) on Thursday called on the Senate to do away with the filibuster if the new voting rights bill Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is set to bring to…
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) on Thursday called on the Senate to do away with the filibuster if the new voting rights bill Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is set to bring to the floor next week is blocked.

Appearing on MSNBC, Clyburn was asked to respond to Schumer setting up a vote for the Freedom to Vote Act, which is the newest iteration of the For the People Act that was modified to get filibuster-loyalist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on board.

Clyburn replied that he hopes Manchin will follow through on his promise to bring along 10 Republicans to allow debate on the bill to go forward, but if that doesn't happen, the Senate will need to pierce the filibuster.

"If he doesn't, we're going to have to get around this filibuster," Clyburn said. "I hope this will demonstrate to Sen. Manchin the need to do so. I can't imagine that he will allow a filibuster to stop the Black folks in his state and other states from exercising their right to vote."

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