On Thursday, in a "Late Show" interview with comedian Stephen Colbert, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) laughed off the threat from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) of a "scorched earth" Senate if the filibuster is eliminated or modified.
"Mitch McConnell said, on the floor of the Senate, that if y'all change the filibuster, there will be 'scorched earth' of the kind that no one presently sitting in the Senate has ever seen," said Colbert. "What could possibly be more scorched earth than the way Mitch McConnell has just run roughshod for the past four to eight years, really? I mean, isn't he threatening that if you do this, Mitch McConnell will continue to be Mitch McConnell?"
"Yeah," said Schumer. "We used to call the Senate, when he was in charge, the legislative graveyard. You'd send — the House would send over good bills that had a lot of popular support. He might oppose them, fair enough, but he wouldn't even put them on the floor for a vote."
"Mitch McConnell is so afraid of the American Rescue Plan that he keeps looking for diversions, one after the other, and this is one of them," continued Schumer. "We're not going to be diverted. We're not going to be deterred. We are going to go forward, because we know the American people demand, need, want full change, and we're going to do it. And Mitch McConnell can do all the threatening and bluster he wants, it's not going to stop us."
"I'm not even going to give these blustery threats credence," he added. "We're going to go forward. Period."