Jeffries says 'integrity of our democracy' at stake without federal voting rights legislation

Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesPelosi says she will run for reelection in 2022 WATCH: The Hill recaps the top stories of the week Fury over voting rights fight turns personal on Capitol Hill  MORE (D-N.Y.) said in an interview broadcast late Sunday that the “integrity of our democracy” is threatened without sweeping, federal voting rights legislation and that filibuster reform cannot be ruled out if Senate Democrats can't get 60 votes in support of such a measure.

“It's an open question as to whether we can get to 60 votes in the Senate on voting, and if we can't, then the Senate is going to have to make some decisions as it relates to filibuster reform,” the House Democratic Caucus chair said on "Axios on HBO."

“The integrity of our democracy hangs in the balance," he said, adding “the undermining of the fundamental right to vote” is the greatest threat to democracy right now.

Earlier this month, Senate Republicans blocked debate on a voting rights bill named after the late Rep. John LewisJohn LewisTrump and Biden should stop denigrating US elections Democrats say change to filibuster just a matter of time Despite Senate setbacks, the fight for voting rights is far from over MORE (D-Ga.). 

All Senate Democrats except Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinBiden to meet with CEOs to discuss Build Back Better agenda Hoyer says 'significant' version of Build Back Better will pass this year Gallego went to New York to meet Sinema donors amid talk of primary challenge: report MORE (W.Va.) introduced the bill in October to strengthen sections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that were gutted by a 2013 Supreme Court  decision in the Shelby County v. Holder case. 

The development increased calls from progressives and other outside groups to do away with the filibuster, or at least exempt voting legislation from the 60-vote hurdle in the Senate.