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Senate Republicans Again Block Voting Rights Legislation

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Senate Republicans once again blocked an effort by Democrats to start debate on legislation to streamline voting and election laws.

On Wednesday, the Senate voted 51-49 against starting a debate on the Freedom to Vote Bill. Democrats need at least 10 Republicans to vote for the transition. However nothing.

Head of the Senate Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) changed his vote to “no,” allowing him to seek a re-vote on the bill.

The llegislation would have made election day a federal holiday, implemented same-day voter registration and automatic registration, required at least two weeks of early voting, expanded access to voting by mail, restricted efforts to clean voter turnout, and includes provisions to protect election workers.

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Before the vote, President Joe Biden tweeted, “The sacred right to vote is under relentless attack across the country-and the Senate must act to protect it. Senate Republicans need to allow a debate and let the Freedom to Vote Act vote. Democracy – the very soul of America – is at stake. ”

Congressional Democrats were quick to respond to Republicans ’decision to block the bill:

Earlier this year, Senate Republicans blocked the Democrats’ “For the People Act” debate, as Reported by IJR.

After that vote, Schumer accused Republicans who practice “the best voter restraint in 80 years, exploited and catalyzed by Donald Trump’s ‘big lie’.”

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“The Republican leader has explicitly said that whatever states do to undermine our democracy, voter suppression laws, phony audits, partisan recruitment of local election boards, the Senate, ”he said, adding,“ My colleagues, if senators 60 years ago believed that the federal government should not intervene to protect voting rights, this body would never have passed the Rights Act. in Voting. The Republican leader uses the language and logic of the Senators of the South in the 60s who defended the rights of the state, and this is an indefensible position. “

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