U.S. Republicans block Senate Democrats' voting rights bill

U.S. Republicans block Senate Democrats' voting rights bill

Former President Barack Obama on Monday urged Republicans to back Manchin's proposal, which he described as "a product of compromise".

In anticipation of the Senate vote Tuesday evening on the For the People Act, a bill meant to expand voting rights and counter restrictive voting laws pushed by GOP lawmakers, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., denounced Republican efforts to stop the legislation from being passed.

Its key provisions, however, rightly sought to enhance democracy and shore up the right to vote.

The legislation as it now stands includes a number of provisions aimed at making it easier for people to vote, such as the expansion of early voting and automatic voter registration for federal elections. It would ban partisan gerrymandering so state legislatures controlled by one party can't redraw the electoral map in a way that gives them an advantage. The court in coming days could further weaken the Voting Rights Act in a ruling on voting restrictions in Arizona. "And it would also require powerful special interest groups to disclose their election-related spending". "Many of these senators represent places that don't have the same population while the majority of people support this legislation".

But Obama also took a moment to acknowledge the bill is not flawless.

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There was never much doubt that the comprehensive voting rights bill was dead in the Senate. As I have said before, the right to vote is fundamental to our American democracy and protecting that right should not be about party or politics.

Mr. Manchin, who had been the lone Democratic holdout, said in a statement that others in the caucus had agreed to "reasonable changes" he suggested. The vote was the "starting gun" and not the "finish line", he said.

The bill's legislative difficulties have reinvigorated Democratic calls for the Senate to take the radical step of eliminating a tactic known as the filibuster, thereby allowing legislation to pass with a simple majority of 51 votes. It allowed those voting in person to present only a sworn statement attesting to being who they said they were.

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