FILE - From left, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., chair of the Senate Rules Committee, talk about the need for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, as they speak to reporters following a Democratic policy meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Nov. 2, 2021. Democrats are mounting an impassioned push to overhaul Senate rules that stand in the way of their sweeping elections legislation, arguing dark forces unleashed by Donald Trump's “big lie” about the 2020 presidential contest pose such a grave threat to democracy that they demand a forceful response. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
(AP) — Democrats are mounting an impassioned bid to overhaul Senate rules that stand in the way of their sweeping voting legislation. They argue dramatic action is needed to counteract dark forces unleashed by Donald Trump’s falsehoods about the 2020 election. Seizing on the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, President Joe Biden and top congressional Democrats want to kickstart their long-stalled voting, ethics and elections package. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has set a Jan. 17 deadline to enact the bills. He says if Senate Republicans continue to filibuster the measures, Democrats will push to change the rules. Republicans say Democrats will come to regret any such rule change if Republicans win control.