Senate Majority Leader Charles schumerChuck Schumer Democrats Face Wrath From Women Over Loss Of Paid Leave Ocasio-Cortez Presses Biden On Student Debt: ‘You Don’t Need Manchin’s Permission For Those’ 535 ‘Presidents’ With Veto Power: Why The budget agreement remains elusive MORE (DN.Y.) said Monday it will force a vote this week on a voting rights bill named after the late Rep. John lewisJohn Lewis To ensure equality for all, the Senate must end obstructionism Biden injects new impetus into the obstructionist fight Patience with Biden draining among black leaders MORE (D-Ga.)
Schumer will force a vote Wednesday on whether or not to debate the bill, where he is expected not to get the 60 votes needed to move forward.
“I will present the resolution of the motion to proceed with the John Lewis Voting Rights Promotion Act, and I will establish a vote for Wednesday,” Schumer said from the full Senate.
“If there is one thing that deserves a debate here in the Senate, it is protecting the precious right of Americans to participate in our elections,” added Schumer.
All Democrats except the Senator. Joe manchinJoe Manchin White House Unveils Strategy for 2050 Net Zero Goal Biden Triggers High-Risk Fight Over Spending Framework Buttigieg Twins Dress Up as ‘Twin Infrastructure’ for Halloween MORE (DW.Va.), introduced a revised version of the bill last month. Manchin, who was asked why he had not signed up as a co-sponsor, previously told The Hill that he had to check with staff because changes had been made from a previous version that had Manchin and Sen’s acceptance. Lisa murkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiCollins casts 8,000 consecutive roll call votes in the Senate Senate Republicans line up behind Trump-backed candidates Anti-Trump Republicans target McCarthy, Scalise and other high-profile conservatives MORE (R-Alaska).
The voting rights bill named after Lewis would update the Voting Rights Act (VRA) to strengthen the sections of the 1965 law that were destroyed by the Shelby County Supreme Court decision against Holder in 2013, which focused on Section 5 of the VRA that required the Department of Justice to pre-authorize before some states could change voting laws, and the Democratic National Committee’s decision against Brnovich of 2021, which advocates believe which weakened Section 2 of the 1965 act, which focused on voting policies with racial objectives.
Schumer promised that if Republicans help start the debate on the bill, which is unlikely, they would have a chance to offer amendments. Even if Republicans allowed a debate on the bill, they could still block its passage because it will have to overcome a second hurdle of 60 votes.
“I am prepared to offer a full-blown debate commensurate with this great chamber. Republicans will have the opportunity to raise their objections, offer amendments and make changes to the bill,” said Schumer.
“I know that both parties have serious disagreements on this important issue, so we want to hear from the other side what they propose. But for that to happen, we first have to start debating. We need to vote to allow the Senate to function.” through their process, “added Schumer.
Democrats view voting rights as a top priority, but have been unable to pass a bill in the Senate due to legislative obstructionism.
But Democrats currently do not have the votes within the caucus to undo or change the filibuster. Doing either would require the full unity of the 50 caucus members and Vice President Harris to break a tie.