Though he obviously views himself as incredibly important, in reality, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is rather ineffectual, continually outshined by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as a “resistance” leader as well as outmatched by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
This fact was on display Monday when Schumer attempted to procedurally force the Senate’s closure until after the election, only to have his motion to adjourn be soundly defeated, The Hill reported.
Schumer forces vote on motion to adjourn
Schumer promoted his effort to shut down the Senate in a series of tweets Monday. “I am forcing a vote tonight to adjourn the Senate until after the November election,” he wrote proudly.
He continued, “The GOP in the middle of a national election is using an illegitimate process to jam through a Supreme Court nominee to rip away health care from millions. Democrats are fighting to stop it.”
In another tweet, Schumer reiterated his push to force the Senate to adjourn. “We are not going to have business as usual here in the Senate while the Republicans try to use an illegitimate process to jam through a Supreme Court nominee,” he said.
Unfortunately for Schumer, his motion to adjourn was defeated by Republicans by a vote of 48-42, meaning the Senate would not adjourn for another two weeks, The Hill reported.
In fact, the Senate is expected to fully return in session on Tuesday following a partial adjournment due to coronavirus concerns.
That means that in addition to the normal work of the Senate and its many committees, the deliberative chamber would also be moving forward in a timely fashion on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Schumer has attempted to use just about every procedural move at his disposal to delay Barrett’s confirmation until after the elections are held, presumably in the hope that Democrats will regain control of the Senate and White House and prevent Republicans from moving forward with Barrett.
In that, Schumer has failed and exhausted virtually all of his options, rendering him even more powerless than he was before.
The odds are good that Barrett will be confirmed by the Senate within the next week or so, and seated on the Supreme Court just in time for Election Day.
Aside from any additional inconsequential temper tantrums from Schumer, there is nothing at all that can be done by Democrats to stop that from happening.