On Wednesday, Republicans blocked the Senate from starting debate on a voting rights bill named after the late Representative. John lewisJohn Lewis Manchin and Murkowski reviewed John Lewis Schumer’s voting rights bill to pass John Lewis’s voting rights bill by Wednesday To ensure equality for all, the Senate must end filibuster MORE (D-Ga.), Marking the latest setback for Democrats in their push for new election legislation.
Senators voted 50-49 on whether or not to pass the bill, short of the 60 votes needed to move forward. Vice President Harris presided over part of the vote.
Senate Majority Leader Charles schumerChuck Schumer: First Openly Lesbian Judge Confirmed in Federal Circuit Court Republican Senators accuse Democrats of prioritizing social spending over military Schumer announces deal to cut prescription drug prices MORE (DN.Y.) voted no, a procedural step that allows it to resubmit the bill in the future for another vote.
Unlike the failed ballots for this year’s electoral reform, which concerned bills that went far beyond strengthening the Voting Rights Act, the Democrats elected a Republican Party supporter: the senator. Lisa murkowskiLisa Ann Murkowski, the first openly lesbian judge confirmed to the Manchin federal circuit court, Murkowski, reviewed John Lewis Schumer’s voting rights bill to pass the John Lewis voting rights bill by Wednesday MORE (Alaska).
Murkowski and the senator. Joe manchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy & Environment – Presented by the American Petroleum Institute – Biden seeks to tackle methane Biden rallies nations to reduce methane emissions Democrats give Manchin warning about lack of progress on spending bill MORE (DW.Va.) signed a revised version of the John Lewis Voting Rights Promotion Act on Tuesday after weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations.
“Ensuring that our elections are fair, accessible and safe is essential to restoring the faith of the American people in our democracy. That is why my colleagues and I have come together to introduce the John Lewis Bipartisan Voting Rights Promotion Act, “Manchin said in a statement.
All Senate Democrats except Manchin introduced the bill in October to update the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1965 to strengthen the sections that were destroyed by the Shelby County Supreme Court decision against Holder in 2013. , which focused on Section 5 of the VRA and its required Justice. The Department’s prior authorization before some states could change voting laws, and this year’s Democratic National Committee’s decision against Brnovich, which advocates believe weakened Section 2, which focuses on targeted voting policies. racial.
The revised bill that Republicans blocked on Wednesday includes several changes, including factors that courts may consider when determining whether Section 2 of the VRA has been violated. The bill also removes the requirement that localities with growing minority populations obtain prior authorization for changes in food or beverage offerings to people waiting in line to vote. The change has been included in the previous version of the bill’s new requirement for “practice-based” prior authorization.
Schumer promised that if Republicans allowed them to initiate debate on the bill, he would let Republican senators propose and get votes on the amendments. Even if Republicans had let the bill be debated, they could have locked it back in the backend, when it has to clear a second 60-vote hurdle before a final vote.
Schumer thanked Murkowski before the vote, saying that supporting the bill “was not a decision he made lightly” and that he had called him from Alaska to inform him about it.
“My fellow Democrats worked hard with her to commit to a proposal that she could support while maintaining the basic momentum of her legislation. Just as Democrats in the Senate worked with Senator Murkowski on legislation to strengthen our democracy, we will work with other Republicans in good faith to improve this legislation, but they must come to the table first, “he said.
“I want to emphasize once again what today’s vote is about. We are not asking any Republican to support specific legislation. Today is about whether or not we will vote to begin the debate here in this chamber,” he added.
But that was not enough to defeat a Republican filibuster.
“There is nothing to suggest that an expanding federal takeover is necessary. Nationalizing our elections is just a multi-decade goal of the Democratic Party in constant search for a justification,” said the Republican Senate leader. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell Shelby says another RC will be needed in December. Infrastructure Bill Could Alter Debt Limit Schedule McConnell Criticizes Potential Payments To Separated Migrant Families MORE (Ky.) He said on Wednesday before the vote. “The Senate today will reject this bill that is going nowhere, as we have rejected all the other fruits of this same poisonous tree.”
Murkowski and Manchin indicated that they saw the publication of the updated bill as the beginning of negotiations to try to reach an agreement that could get enough support to break an obstructionism. Murkowski was the only Republican to support John Lewis’ voting legislation in previous congresses.
“All Americans deserve the same opportunities to participate in our electoral system and political process, and this bill provides a starting point as we seek a broader bipartisan consensus on how best to ensure that,” he said.
But the failed vote is also fueling calls to revise Senate rules to promote voting rights. Progressives and a growing number of outside groups support the removal of obstructionism or a smaller change to exempt electoral legislation from the 60-vote hurdle.
Democrats have been unable to do either, as such a move would require the full unity of all 50 senators. Sens. Manchin and Kyrsten CinemaKyrsten Sinema Democrats listen to Manchin for lack of progress on spending bill Democrats on the cusp of broad agreement on Biden’s agenda Biden says Manchin will support final version of spending bill MORE (D-Ariz.) They are opposed to rejecting filibuster, and others are seen as cautious.
But lawmakers and Democratic activists who support obstructionist reform argue that it is the only way to get a large amount of legislation, including voting rights, through the Senate.
“Fortunately, since the last Republican filibuster of voting rights legislation, President BidenJoe Biden Five Takeaways from a Bleak Night for Democrats Youngkin Wins Virginia Governor’s Race Michelle Wu Chosen as Boston’s First Mayor MORE it has endorsed obstructionist reform and has injected renewed momentum and urgency into this effort. It is clearer than ever that Democrats must choose between keeping ‘Jim Crow’ obstructionism intact or complying with voting rights legislation before it is too late, “said Eli Zupnick, spokesman for Fix Our Senate.