Six months into the party's hold on Washington, with Joe Biden in the White House and Democrats controlling the House and Senate, there's a gloomy uncertainty over their ability to make profits on campaign promises.
As Democrats strain to provide Biden's schedule, the limits of bipartisanship in the 50-50 Senate are clear: Talks over an infrastructure package are teetering, although Biden is place to cosign Monday with all the direct GOP negotiator, and a ambitious elections overhaul bill is basically dead now that Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., declared his resistance Sunday.
"We need to move the ball," said Yvette Simpson, CEO of Democracy for America, a liberal advocacy company.
The guarantee was with Democrats in power,"we are going to have all these great things occur, their lifestyles will be greater. And what they are finding is that it resembles Washington as usual."
The summer season is traditionally among the busiest for Congress, but Democrats are growing wary because time is running out for Biden to negotiate a sweeping infrastructure package and other priorities are still piling up . The days ahead are often seen as a last chance at legislating before the August recess and the beginning of campaigns for next year's elections.
Schumer, in establishing the schedule, is challenging senators to prepare to make hard choices. But he is also facing a trial of his own ability to direct the big-tent party through a volatile phase of changing priorities and priorities in the wake of this Trump era along with the Capitol insurrection.
While Democratic senators have been producing goodwill by contemplating bipartisan bills in the evenly split Senatethey face mounting pressure from Republicans that put them in office to struggle harder for legislation that Republicans have decided to obstruct together with the filibuster. Democrats from the evenly split Senate hold the majority because Vice President Kamala Harris are the tie breaker,
Key among that legislation is S.1the elections and voting overhaul bill, which appears headed for defeat. However, Schumer also stated votes might be coming on gun control legislation as well as the Equality Act, a House-passed bill to ensure civil rights for the LGBTQ community.
Fed up by the delays, some senators are all set to change the rules to eliminate the filibuster, which they blame for your inaction. The long-running Senate filibuster rules need 60 votes to progress most legislation, meaning as many as 10 Republicans would need to cross party lines to assist Democrats achieve their priorities. Some senators suggest reducing the voting threshold to 51.
However, Manchin, in announcing his opposition to the voting rights bill Sunday since the"incorrect object of law to bring our country together," also restated his refusal to end the filibuster -- for today, denying his celebration a critical vote needed to produce the rules change that might help advance its agenda.
Without assistance from Manchin or others, such as Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., that also wishes to maintain the filibuster,'' Schumer is but warning that Democratic senators will be made to face the limits of the delicate majority. That could exacerbate party branches and expose Democrats to criticism from Republicans keen to demonstrate that Biden's party can't govern.
"The June work period will be extremely hard," Schumer warned. "I want to be clear that the next few months will be hard and will test our resolve as a Congress and a convention."
Schumer has been laying the groundwork for this time because he became majority leader in January, attempting to create the case that bipartisanship can work in some cases -- with passing of an Asian hate crimes bill or a water public work bundle -- but also has its own limits, according to two Democratic aides granted anonymity to discuss the private plan.
Their weekly closed-door coverage caucus lunches have been intense, particularly during both special sessions they've held to independently debate the route forward about the voting rights bill, one of the aides said.
Senators rise from their seats one by one to ask pointed questions or express their own views on the elections overhaul, which many Democrats see as critical to protecting democracy, especially as nations led by Republicans impose restrictive new voting legislation.
Manchin's opposition provides a critical setback to the election bill, which has taken on urgency for Democrats since former President Donald Trump supports the modifications in the states, not dissimilar from how he egged on his fans to"fight like hell" because of his presidency until they stormed the Capitol on the Jan. 6.
Instead of force reluctant senators to fall in line, Schumer is trying to lead Democrats for their own conclusion -- either bipartisan deals with Republicans are potential or they don't have any other alternative but to undertake a go-it-alone plan on infrastructure or other obligations, the aides said.
1 aide indicated Schumer is no arm-twisting leader in the style of Lyndon Johnson, who before he became president was famous for his hardball cajoling as majority leader.
From the letter to colleagues published the day Republicans deployed the filibuster to block the creation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the insurrection, Schumer took stock of the profits so far. But he explained:"We have also seen the limits of bipartisanship."