Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie tells us:
SETTING UP A ROE VOTE — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will file cloture tonight on legislation from Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) that would create a federal statute that assures health care providers have the right to provide abortions and patients have the right to receive them.
The move sets up a cloture vote Wednesday, but the votes to move forward aren’t there. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted against a nearly identical piece of legislation that failed in the Senate in February, meaning not even the whole Democratic caucus is united on the issue.
But Democrats aren’t backing away from this assured failure, hoping that making an ill-fated attempt and highlighting their disagreement with Republicans on abortion could help them in the midterms.
I guess this is for all those Susan Sarandon fans who say that the Dims are worse than the Republicans because they are not fighting. So here’s the fight, and it is likely doomed.
“If we are not successful, then we go to the ballot box,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “We march straight to the ballot box, and the women of this country and the men who stand with them will vote like they’ve never voted before.”
On the positive side, if they do a roll-call vote, everyone will be on record and that will make a nice moment for a 2022 campaign ad.