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Senate Begins Debate on Voting Rights Bill

Democrats say the voting rights bill is meant to counter voter suppression efforts, but they lack the votes needed in their own party to change Senate rules and enact the bill unilaterally.

“The eyes of the nation will be watching what happens this week in the United States Senate, just a few days removed from what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 93rd birthday. The Senate has begun the debate on the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act for the first time, the first time in this Congress. Democrats have tried for months to hold a voting rights debate on the floor, but we have been blocked each time by Republicans.” “Now, many of these same colleagues have spent weeks thundering, literally thundering that the Senate 60- vote threshold is an offensive tool of obstruction. A Jim Crow relic declaring that simple majorities should always get their way. But late last week, they literally wielded the 60-vote threshold themselves, a useful reminder of just how fake, fake the hysteria has been.”

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Senate Begins Debate on Voting Rights Bill

By The Associated Press January 18, 2022

Democrats say the voting rights bill is meant to counter voter suppression efforts, but they lack the votes needed in their own party to change Senate rules and enact the bill unilaterally.

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