Published: Wed, June 23, 2021
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Why the US voting rights bill failed in the Senate

Why the US voting rights bill failed in the Senate

It allowed those voting in person to present only a sworn statement attesting to being who they said they were. "Are we going to let reactionary state legislatures drag us back into the muck of voter suppression?"

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is followed by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Schumer launched a similar attack on Trump on Monday, taking to the Senate floor to call him "despicable" for spreading the "big lie" that he did not legitimately lose the 2020 election.

But Republicans said the package was a federal power grab against the authority of individual U.S. states to ensure the integrity of their own elections, designed purely to benefit Democrats. The court in coming days could further weaken the Voting Rights Act in a ruling on voting restrictions in Arizona. Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer's willingness to have the Senate consider Manchin's ideas led the West Virginia senator to join all 49 of his Democratic colleagues in voting to advance debate. Secretary of State Mac Warner testified before the Senate Rules Committee in March against the measure. But he failed to persuade a single Republican to open debate on the measure.

Stacey Abrams also announced her support for Manchin's plan, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is using as another reason Republicans should oppose the bill.


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

However, what legislative path they will take remains unclear, as Democrats are likely to encounter the filibuster again and will need the support of at least 60 Senators to pass future versions of the bill. The Senate is split evenly between the Democratic and Republican caucuses, and Vice President Kamala Harris serves as the tiebreaking vote when necessary.

After a failed vote on USA election reform, some congressional Democrats say they hope that defeat may provide the opportunity to scrap the filibuster rule that allows the minority in the Senate to block most legislation.

"The bill that's going to be debated, including Senator Manchin's changes, would address. numerous concerns and issues that I've just discussed", Obama said. "We've got to come together".

Capito also serves on the Senate Rules Committee.

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