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Senate turns up heat on Manchin, Sinema with a tweet on voting rights bills

This week, for the first time, the Senate Democrats are going to try- and fail- to get rid of the filibuster for their voting rights legislation agenda. 

Facts

On Tuesday afternoon, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer opened debate on the House-passed voting rights bill, a combination bill wrapping in the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

The Democrats need 60 votes, or the support of 10 Republican senators – which they don’t have – plus all 50 of their own, to overcome a GOP filibuster on the legislation and end debate, making way for the bill’s final passage. All 50 Senate Republicans are opposed to the bill.

The bill at hand would make Election Day a federal holiday, expand early voting and mail-in-voting, and give the federal government greater oversight over state elections. And would come at a time when nearly 20 states have restricted access to voting fueled by false claims in the wake of the 2020 election, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

A tie in the Senate would be decided by Vice President Kamala Harris. The Senate is expected to debate voting rights on Tuesday, and a vote is expected on Wednesday.

Details

Senate Bernie Sanders sent out tweets this week attacking Manchin and Sinema for their decision on protecting the filibuster.

“As the voting rights bill finally comes to the floor of the Senate, there is only one vote which will really matter. Will 50 Democrats vote to override the filibuster, protect American democracy and pass the bill, or will Manchin and Sinema vote with the GOP and let the bill die?” Sanders said in his tweet.

The Hill reported that Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the majority leader, at that point, is expected to force a vote on the filibuster rule. Late last month, President Biden said he would support an exception to the Senate’s filibuster rule regarding the wide-ranging election and campaign finance reform bill that passed the Democrat-controlled House earlier this year but hit a roadblock in the Senate.

Turning Biden’s comments into a genuine laughing stock with news outlets saying, “An ‘exception’ to the filibuster? This is like an engineer saying he merely wants to remove a section of the Hoover Dam.”

Schumer, like other Democrats, has been vocal in his determination to bring the matter to a vote.

“Make no mistake; the United States Senate will – for the first time this Congress – debate voting rights legislation beginning on Tuesday. Members of this chamber were elected to debate and vote, particularly on an issue as vital to the beating heart of our democracy as this one. And we will proceed,” Schumer said last week, according to the New York Post.

With the Senate taking up voting rights Tuesday, the president is scheduled to remain out of sight, according to his schedule, but at the White House for briefings.

Biden is scheduled to hold a news conference on Wednesday, one day before marking his first year in office, where he’ll likely face questions on the issue of voting rights – among the multitude of other unfinished agenda items.

Written by freedomnews

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