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Republicans Are Preparing To Obstruct Debate On The Voting Rights Act, Setting Up A Summer Filibuster Battle.
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Republicans Are Preparing To Obstruct Debate On The Voting Rights Act, Setting Up A Summer Filibuster Battle.


All 50 Senate Republicans plan to filibuster a sweeping reform bill covering voting rights, campaign finance, redistricting, and government ethics, which is the top priority of congressional Democrats, on Tuesday.

The For the People Act was introduced as the first bill by Democrats in both the House and Senate after they won control of both chambers in the 2020 election, and it passed the House on a party-line vote in March, with one Democrat voting no. However, passage in the Senate is precarious because Democrats hold only 50 seats, and the chamber's rules allow the minority Republicans to block any bill that cannot be revoked.

The GOP-led filibuster raises a question for the Senate Democratic caucus: will it change the chamber's filibuster rules to allow the bill to pass with a simple majority, or will a small group of Senate Democrats choose to protect the filibuster over the right to vote in Republican-controlled states?

This is an urgent question for voting rights supporters who see the bill as the antidote to a wave of voter suppression bills passed by Republican state legislatures in order to fulfill the wishes of ex-President Donald Trump, who falsely claimed that fraud cost him the 2020 election and attempted to have all votes cast in majority-Black precincts in key swing states invalidated.

The current version of the For the People Act would reverse many of the recent GOP-backed election law rollbacks on voter access by establishing a national floor for rules on early, absentee, and in-person voting, as well as voter registration.

The current version of the For the People Act would reverse many of the recent GOP-backed election law rollbacks on voter access by establishing a national floor for rules on early, absentee, and in-person voting, as well as voter registration..These provisions were originally proposed as legislation by civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis (D).

The current version of the For the People Act would reverse many of the recent GOP-backed election law rollbacks on voter access by establishing a national floor for rules on early, absentee, and in-person voting, as well as voter registration..These provisions were originally proposed as legislation by civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis (D)..The bill, which is a compilation of reform proposals developed over the past 15 years, would also limit partisan gerrymandering, establish a voluntary public campaign financing system for congressional elections, prohibit undisclosed “dark” money, improve election cybersecurity, and strengthen foreign lobbying regulations, among other things.

The current version of the For the People Act would reverse many of the recent GOP-backed election law rollbacks on voter access by establishing a national floor for rules on early, absentee, and in-person voting, as well as voter registration..These provisions were originally proposed as legislation by civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis (D)..The bill, which is a compilation of reform proposals developed over the past 15 years, would also limit partisan gerrymandering, establish a voluntary public campaign financing system for congressional elections, prohibit undisclosed “dark” money, improve election cybersecurity, and strengthen foreign lobbying regulations, among other things..

Democrats are expected to be nearly or completely united on the voting rights package, though Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WVa.) has expressed reservations.

Manchin, the lone Democrat who did not co-sponsor the bill, stated his opposition in an opinion piece on June 6th, citing the fact that it is universally opposed by Republican legislators. (He co-sponsored a nearly identical bill when it was introduced in 2019.)

Despite his stated opposition, Manchin offered a "compromise" proposal that included a number of proposals from the For the People Act that he supported, as well as a national voter identification provision, albeit one that was much looser than those implemented in many Republican-run states. He framed this compromise as something that could garner bipartisan support, but those ideas face fierce Republican opposition.

The current version of the For the People Act would reverse many of the recent GOP-backed election law rollbacks on voter access by establishing a national floor for rules on early, absentee, and in-person voting, as well as voter registration..These provisions were originally proposed as legislation by civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis (D)..The bill, which is a compilation of reform proposals developed over the past 15 years, would also limit partisan gerrymandering, establish a voluntary public campaign financing system for congressional elections, prohibit undisclosed “dark” money, improve election cybersecurity, and strengthen foreign lobbying regulations, among other things...While the People's Act was introduced as S.

The current version of the For the People Act would reverse many of the recent GOP-backed election law rollbacks on voter access by establishing a national floor for rules on early, absentee, and in-person voting, as well as voter registration..These provisions were originally proposed as legislation by civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis (D)..The bill, which is a compilation of reform proposals developed over the past 15 years, would also limit partisan gerrymandering, establish a voluntary public campaign financing system for congressional elections, prohibit undisclosed “dark” money, improve election cybersecurity, and strengthen foreign lobbying regulations, among other things...While the People's Act was introduced as S..The bill that will be voted on Tuesday was S 1, the bill number reserved for the majority's highest priority.

The current version of the For the People Act would reverse many of the recent GOP-backed election law rollbacks on voter access by establishing a national floor for rules on early, absentee, and in-person voting, as well as voter registration..These provisions were originally proposed as legislation by civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis (D)..The bill, which is a compilation of reform proposals developed over the past 15 years, would also limit partisan gerrymandering, establish a voluntary public campaign financing system for congressional elections, prohibit undisclosed “dark” money, improve election cybersecurity, and strengthen foreign lobbying regulations, among other things...While the People's Act was introduced as S..The bill that will be voted on Tuesday was S 1, the bill number reserved for the majority's highest priority..2903, containing the original text of the For the People Act as amended in the Senate Rules Committee in May.

The current version of the For the People Act would reverse many of the recent GOP-backed election law rollbacks on voter access by establishing a national floor for rules on early, absentee, and in-person voting, as well as voter registration..These provisions were originally proposed as legislation by civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis (D)..The bill, which is a compilation of reform proposals developed over the past 15 years, would also limit partisan gerrymandering, establish a voluntary public campaign financing system for congressional elections, prohibit undisclosed “dark” money, improve election cybersecurity, and strengthen foreign lobbying regulations, among other things...While the People's Act was introduced as S..The bill that will be voted on Tuesday was S 1, the bill number reserved for the majority's highest priority..2903, containing the original text of the For the People Act as amended in the Senate Rules Committee in May..As the committee voted on S, leadership decided that introducing a new bill was necessary.

The current version of the For the People Act would reverse many of the recent GOP-backed election law rollbacks on voter access by establishing a national floor for rules on early, absentee, and in-person voting, as well as voter registration..These provisions were originally proposed as legislation by civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis (D)..The bill, which is a compilation of reform proposals developed over the past 15 years, would also limit partisan gerrymandering, establish a voluntary public campaign financing system for congressional elections, prohibit undisclosed “dark” money, improve election cybersecurity, and strengthen foreign lobbying regulations, among other things...While the People's Act was introduced as S..The bill that will be voted on Tuesday was S 1, the bill number reserved for the majority's highest priority..2903, containing the original text of the For the People Act as amended in the Senate Rules Committee in May..As the committee voted on S, leadership decided that introducing a new bill was necessary..On a party-line vote, 1 was tied 9-9.

The current version of the For the People Act would reverse many of the recent GOP-backed election law rollbacks on voter access by establishing a national floor for rules on early, absentee, and in-person voting, as well as voter registration..These provisions were originally proposed as legislation by civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis (D)..The bill, which is a compilation of reform proposals developed over the past 15 years, would also limit partisan gerrymandering, establish a voluntary public campaign financing system for congressional elections, prohibit undisclosed “dark” money, improve election cybersecurity, and strengthen foreign lobbying regulations, among other things...While the People's Act was introduced as S..The bill that will be voted on Tuesday was S 1, the bill number reserved for the majority's highest priority..2903, containing the original text of the For the People Act as amended in the Senate Rules Committee in May..As the committee voted on S, leadership decided that introducing a new bill was necessary..On a party-line vote, 1 was tied 9-9..After such a stalemate, the Senate would have to vote first to remove the bill from committee before proceeding to debate.

The current version of the For the People Act would reverse many of the recent GOP-backed election law rollbacks on voter access by establishing a national floor for rules on early, absentee, and in-person voting, as well as voter registration..These provisions were originally proposed as legislation by civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis (D)..The bill, which is a compilation of reform proposals developed over the past 15 years, would also limit partisan gerrymandering, establish a voluntary public campaign financing system for congressional elections, prohibit undisclosed “dark” money, improve election cybersecurity, and strengthen foreign lobbying regulations, among other things...While the People's Act was introduced as S..The bill that will be voted on Tuesday was S 1, the bill number reserved for the majority's highest priority..2903, containing the original text of the For the People Act as amended in the Senate Rules Committee in May..As the committee voted on S, leadership decided that introducing a new bill was necessary..On a party-line vote, 1 was tied 9-9..After such a stalemate, the Senate would have to vote first to remove the bill from committee before proceeding to debate..That vote was no longer required as a result.

The current version of the For the People Act would reverse many of the recent GOP-backed election law rollbacks on voter access by establishing a national floor for rules on early, absentee, and in-person voting, as well as voter registration..These provisions were originally proposed as legislation by civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis (D)..The bill, which is a compilation of reform proposals developed over the past 15 years, would also limit partisan gerrymandering, establish a voluntary public campaign financing system for congressional elections, prohibit undisclosed “dark” money, improve election cybersecurity, and strengthen foreign lobbying regulations, among other things...While the People's Act was introduced as S..The bill that will be voted on Tuesday was S 1, the bill number reserved for the majority's highest priority..2903, containing the original text of the For the People Act as amended in the Senate Rules Committee in May..As the committee voted on S, leadership decided that introducing a new bill was necessary..On a party-line vote, 1 was tied 9-9..After such a stalemate, the Senate would have to vote first to remove the bill from committee before proceeding to debate..That vote was no longer required as a result..Any future bill that incorporates changes that would garner Manchin's support, or for any other reason, would almost certainly be introduced as a separate bill.

The current version of the For the People Act would reverse many of the recent GOP-backed election law rollbacks on voter access by establishing a national floor for rules on early, absentee, and in-person voting, as well as voter registration..These provisions were originally proposed as legislation by civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis (D)..The bill, which is a compilation of reform proposals developed over the past 15 years, would also limit partisan gerrymandering, establish a voluntary public campaign financing system for congressional elections, prohibit undisclosed “dark” money, improve election cybersecurity, and strengthen foreign lobbying regulations, among other things...While the People's Act was introduced as S..The bill that will be voted on Tuesday was S 1, the bill number reserved for the majority's highest priority..2903, containing the original text of the For the People Act as amended in the Senate Rules Committee in May..As the committee voted on S, leadership decided that introducing a new bill was necessary..On a party-line vote, 1 was tied 9-9..After such a stalemate, the Senate would have to vote first to remove the bill from committee before proceeding to debate..That vote was no longer required as a result..Any future bill that incorporates changes that would garner Manchin's support, or for any other reason, would almost certainly be introduced as a separate bill..

If Republicans block the bill, Senate Democrats must vote unanimously to change the chamber's filibuster rules in order for it to pass.

Manchin has stated unequivocally that he will never vote to repeal the filibuster, a Senate rule that requires 60 votes to advance and pass legislation. In an April opinion piece published in The Washington Post, Manchin described the filibuster as “a critical tool to protecting... our democratic form of government.”

“That is why, as I have said before and will say again, there is no circumstance under which I will vote to eliminate or weaken the filibuster,” he added.

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) has repeatedly praised the filibuster as a force for good in encouraging bipartisanship in the Senate, and she defended the rule again on Monday, the eve of the vote on the For the People Act.

“To those who want to abolish the legislative filibuster in order to pass the For the People Act (voting-rights legislation I support and have co-sponsored), I would ask: Would it be good for our country if we did, only to have that legislation rescinded a few years later and replaced by a nationwide voter-ID law or restrictions on voting by mail in federal elections, over the objections of the Electoral College?

Other Democratic senators who prefer to stay on the sidelines have issued vague statements in support of filibuster reform without taking a firm stance that it must be eliminated.

Biden, a longtime defender of the filibuster, expressed frustration with Republicans earlier this year about the rule, saying it is “being abused in a gigantic way.” Biden has expressed support for more narrow filibuster reforms, but he, too, has not come out in favor of abolishing it entirely.

When asked about the future of the For the People Act and the Senate filibuster during a Monday press conference, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, “If the vote is unsuccessful tomorrow, we suspect it will spark a new conversation about the path forward.”

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