WASHINGTON — In an evenly divided Senate, becoming a “legislative graveyard” seems to be hard to avoid, even at the insistence of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

“We are not going to be a legislative graveyard, very simply,” Schumer told reporters in March, three months into the Democrats’ Senate majority. “People are going to be forced to vote on them. ‘Yes’ or ‘no’ on a whole lot of very important and serious issues.”

For years the Senate was considered just that, a place bills went to die, while Republicans had the majority. Then- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was labeled the “grim reaper,” a name earned by refusing to bring Democratic-led legislation to the chamber floor for a vote.

While Schumer continues to bring bills to the floor, the 50/50 split and hard partisan lines have caused legislation to lack the 60 votes needed to avoid the filibuster and bring a vote on legislation, leaving some bills to die in the Senate.

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The Democrats’ recent attempt to pass the For the People Act – a sweeping voting rights bill that would protect voter’s rights and increase election security – is a high-profile example of legislation that Senate Democrats were unable to pass in the six months since gaining the majority.

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