United States Senate may be looking at some changes in its legislative proceedings. Democrat lawmaker and Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer said the body may soon vote to ease filibuster rules. The announcement comes days before the one-year anniversary of the January 6 Capitol storming.

Schumer, a US Senator from New York, said the Senate should vote to change the rule by Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which falls on January 17. The legislative body “must evolve”, Schumer said.

The United States Senate must “advance systemic democracy reforms to repair our republic or else the events of that day will not be an aberration — they will be the new norm”, Schumer said in an in-party letter, according to reports from Associated Press.

He further cited the January 6 riots at the Capitol complex calling it a way to “delegitimize” the voting process of America.

The move comes as the Democratic party struggles to push the election and voting rights package through the equally split Senate, mainly due to the filibuster. The rule requires Democratic lawmakers to mount the 60 votes needed to advance it toward passage.

According to reports from Associated Press, two key Democratic holdouts — Senator Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema– would need to vote on party lines in order to amend the filibuster. However, both lawmakers have made it clear they are unwilling to go that far.

Republican lawmakers, including Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, have made attempts to keep the two Democratic holdouts on their side, blocking the Democrats’ dominance in the Senate.

But despite their reluctance on major filibuster changes, Manchin and Sinema both support the election legislation. In fact, Manchin helped craft the latest package in an unsuccessful effort to win Republican support. Now the two Democrats’ colleagues are working on ways to change the filibuster so at least this legislation could pass, Associated Press reported.

(With AP inputs)