Senate Republicans won't even consider voting rights. The filibuster must go

Senate Republicans won't even consider voting rights. The filibuster must go

Senate Republicans won't even consider voting rights. The filibuster must go

Republicans were able to successfully block the debate over voting rights legislation on Tuesday.

"The bill itself, which is called the For the People Act, is a product of compromise, an effort by maybe the most conservative Democrat in the Senate or maybe the most conservative Democrat in Congress, Joe Manchin of West Virginia to come up with some common-sense reforms that the majority of Americans agree with, that Democrats and Republicans can agree with", Obama said on a phone call with National Democratic Redistricting Committee volunteers Monday, giving a seal of approval to Manchin's efforts to find a middle ground.

Senators voted 50-50 in the equally divided upper chamber on advancing the "For the People Act", a sweeping bill that would change US voting laws.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer left open the possibility of a second attempt, saying after the vote that 'the events of January 6 will be investigated'. Until Tuesday, it wasn't clear that they would be united on the vote until Manchin, considered to be a moderate, announced he would support debate. He also included a provision to require voter identification - an issue Democrats are traditionally opposed to - with "allowable alternatives" such as a utility bill to prove identity.

Some Democrats have spoken out against Manchin's changes, including a voter ID requirement and allowing modified voter roll purges.

In the proposal fact sheet, Manchin reiterated his calls for bipartisanship.

But Senate Republicans remain opposed. "And that's exactly why this body exists", Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on the floor Tuesday.

House Democratic Leader Reginald Bolding says Democrats and the public need more time to review proposed changes Republicans released shortly before the budget debate was scheduled to begin.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is signaling that she is poised to create a new committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, pushing closer to a partisan investigation of the attack after Senate Republicans blocked the creation of an independent probe.

Manchin's support would give Democrats 50 votes as well as much desired unity among the ranks.

But Republicans will still have some power in the process, which has fueled anxiety among some Democrats that firebrand lawmakers such as Jim Jordan, a fiercely-pro Trump Ohio Republican, could take on the number two spot and use it to undermine the committee's work. "We certainly hope that will be the case tomorrow", Psaki said. "This will be a fight of his presidency".

Psaki said if the Tuesday vote is unsuccessful, "we suspect it will prompt a new conversation about the path forward".

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