Jun 15, 2021; Washington, DC, USA; Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and the Democratic leadership speak to reporters about progress on an infrastructure bill and voting rights legislation, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Today was the first day democrats met for an in-person luncheon since the pandemic began in 2020. Mandatory Credit: Jessica Koscielniak-USA TODAY
Washington, DC (77WABC) — The Senate is expected to vote on Tuesday on a major voting rights bill. The legislation faces tough opposition from Senate Republicans, where a coveted 10 votes are needed in order for it to pass.
The initiative is all part of Senate Democrats insistence to pass sweeping election reform bill and made it a key priority of the legislative agenda of the 116th Congress. But the vote tomorrow will face a game-changing test and a major hurdle in the United States Senate.
“Republican state legislatures are conducting the most sweeping attack on the right to vote since the beginning of Jim Crow,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
In March, the House passed what many are calling the far-reaching “For The People Act,” which take steps to extraordinarily reform elections laws from expanding absentee and early voting, limiting partisan gerrymandering and reforming campaign finance laws.
Last week, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat, has offered a compromise on the bill– which even got the support from voting rights activist Stacey Abrams.
“What Senator Manchin is putting forward are some basic building blocks that we need to ensure that democracy is accessible no matter your geography,” said Stacey Abrams on CNN.
The action Tuesday is expected to provide a dramatic example of Republicans’ use of the filibuster to block legislation. White House Press Secretarry Jen Psaki also acknowledged the bill likely won’t secure the 10 Republican voters needed for it to be passed.
A growing number of Democrats are calling to change the rules of the filibuster. Under the current 60-vote requirement, Republicans were also able prevent the passage of a bill, aimed at creating an independent commission to investigate the January 6th Capitol riots.