Schumer: McConnell floating Electoral Count Act reforms 'unacceptably insufficient,' 'offensive'

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerKelly takes under-the-radar approach in Arizona Senate race Hundreds attend mass funeral for victims of Bronx apartment building fire Romney: I never got a call from White House to discuss voting rights MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday rejected talk of reforming the Electoral Count Act, after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell​​Democrats make voting rights push ahead of Senate consideration Hogan won't say if he will file to run for Senate by Feb. 22 deadline Voting rights, Trump's Big Lie, and Republicans' problem with minorities MORE (R-Ky.) floated making changes to the 1887 law.

Schumer, speaking from the Senate, said making changes to the law, which details how Congress counts the Electoral College vote, doesn't "deal with the problem" and would be "doing the bare minimum."

"Let me take this opportunity to make clear that plan, the McConnell plan that's what it is, is ... unacceptably insufficient and even offensive," Schumer said. 

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Schumer's comments come after McConnell floated on Wednesday that making changes to the Electoral Count Act was "worth discussing."

McConnell's comments came as Democrats are pursuing broader election and voting legislation, which has been blocked previously by Republicans, as GOP-led states pursue new voting laws after the 2020 election.

"Some score-keeping matters little if the game is rigged," Schumer said. 

But to get voting rights legislation through the Senate, Democrats will need to change the legislative filibuster — a move that will require total unity from their caucus that they don't yet have. 

There's bipartisan, bicameral interest in trying to make changes to the Electoral Count Act after dozens of Republicans tried unsuccessfully to challenge Electoral College results in key battleground states. Former President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Laura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Djokovic may not compete in French Open over vaccine requirement MORE also tried unsuccessfully to get then-Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PencePences' pet rabbit, Marlon Bundo, dies Pence says both Capitol riot and nixing filibuster are a 'power grab' McCarthy says he won't cooperate with 'illegitimate' Jan. 6 probe MORE to throw out results in his role presiding over Congress's counting of the Electoral College results.

But Democrats are vowing that they won't drop the voting rights push in order to focus on Electoral Count Act reforms. Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneSinema scuttles hopes for filibuster reform How a nice-guy South Dakota senator fell into a Trump storm Democrats: Don't reject GOP offer to fix electoral count law MORE (R-S.D.) told reporters on Wednesday that if there's going to be an agreement it will have to be separate and after Democrats wrap up their discussions on trying to change the legislative filibuster.