McConnell's office knocks Democrats over 'the left's Big Lie'

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’s (R-Ky.) office knocked Democrats over “the left’s Big Lie” — which it pegged as the belief that “there is some evil anti-voting conspiracy sweeping America” — as Democrats look to push for federal voting rights legislation.

A memo from the minority leader’s office on Sunday predicts that Democrats will “try to use fake hysteria to break the Senate and silence millions of Americans’ voices so they can take over elections and ram through their radical agenda,” likely referring to calls by many Democrats to abolish the filibuster in the Senate to pass voting rights reforms.

“Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans have repeatedly stood up to the left and their Big Lie that there is some evil anti-voting conspiracy sweeping America,” the memo added.

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The messaging from McConnell’s office comes as Democrats are planning to make national voting rights reform a top priority of the new year.

After Senate Republicans blocked the Democrats’ two key voting bills last year — the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act — the party is giving the GOP one last chance to cooperate on voting rights before attempting to go at it alone.

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.) last week said he would force a vote on changing the Senate’s rules by Jan. 17 if Republicans again block voting rights legislation.

Many in the Democratic Party are in favor of nixing the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation, but two — Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinPelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting rights Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Martin Luther King III: Biden, senators need to use same energy to pass voting rights as they did for infrastructure MORE (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaPelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting rights Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Martin Luther King III: Biden, senators need to use same energy to pass voting rights as they did for infrastructure MORE (D-Ariz.) — remain opposed.

Republicans, however, are hellbent on keeping the filibuster intact. The Senate GOP in a video released on Monday said Democrats want to nix the filibuster to “pass their radical agenda.”

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The video characterizes the filibuster — a legislative hurdle requiring 60 votes for passage of bills — as a rule that “ensures millions of Americans have a voice in Congress.” It also accuses Democrats of wanting to silence Americans.

Schumer’s office on Monday recirculated a memo first published last week that accused GOP-led state legislators across the country of “pursuing and passing legislation that would dramatically restrict voting, putting our Democracy at risk.” It cited data from the Brennan Center, which found that at least 19 states passed 34 laws restricting access to voting between Jan. 1 and Dec. 7.

The memo also said McConnell was attempting to “gaslight the American people.”

One area in which the two parties may be able to compromise is the Electoral Count Act, a decades-old statute that outlines for Congress formally tallies the Electoral College vote.

Both McConnell and his No. 2, 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.), have said it is worth discussing, and some Democrats have had discussions about the law.

--Updated at 11:17 a.m.