The Democrats ’bid to also write the U.S. election and the voting law suffered a major setback in the Senate on Tuesday, blocked by a filibuster wall of Republican opposition to what could be greater overhaul of the electoral system in a generation.
The vote left Democrats with no clear path forward, even as President Joe Biden declared, “This fight is far from over.”
The bill, known as For the People’s Laws, will address almost every aspect of how elections are conducted, blocking the barriers to voting that advocates of the Civil Rights fight considered at the time, while also suppressing the influence of political money and limits partisan influence in the design of congressional districts.
But many in the GOP say the move represents instead a shocking federal violation of the authority of states to start their own elections without fraud – and is intended to ultimately benefit Democrats.
It failed by a 50-50 vote after Republicans, some of whom scoffed at the “Screw the People Act,” denied Democrats the 60 votes needed to start the debate under the Senate rule. Vice President Kamala Harris, the first Black woman to hold office, presided over the room as research failed to break the filibuster barrier. – read more
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