Senate Will Decide on Voting Rights Bill, Republicans Gear up to Filibuster

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is moving Monday to set up a vote on the federal voting rights legislation, Freedom to Vote Act, which could  take place today, NBC News reported.

Schumer, D-N.Y., said it has the support of all 50 Democratic-voting senators, according to the article, and also the bill is necessary to “right the ship of our democracy and establish common sense national standards to give fair access to our democracy to all Americans.”

The bill hasn’t achieved the 60 votes it requires to overcome a promised Republican filibuster, which could potentially result in the end of that legislation — unless Democrats “nuke the filibuster,” according to the article. The Democrats don’t have the 50 votes needed for that, and they have to have something else in their back pocket to have the measure passed.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., mentioned that the legislation “will go nowhere,” describing it a “partisan power grab” to “micromanage elections across America.”

“We know McConnell is going to filibuster next week to prevent a vote on the Freedom to Vote Act. The question is what President Biden and Senate Democrats do next. Do they throw in the towel or fight to amend the filibuster and save the republic?” said Ezra Levin, a co-founder of the group Indivisible, which is seeking to create support for a voting rights revamping, according to the article.

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