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Senate Republicans Block Voting Rights Legislation

Democrats failed to secure enough votes to pass the voting rights legislation that they say would counter widespread voter suppression efforts.

“The American people understand exactly what President Biden and Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi are trying to sell: The American people aren’t buying it. Democrats don’t need a message reset. They need a better agenda for the nation. What we’re about to vote on tonight has nothing to do with the priorities of the American people, has nothing to do with coronavirus, has nothing to do with 40-year high inflation numbers, which are biting into the paychecks of the American people. It has nothing to do with the crisis at the Southern border.” “We’re here because we took an oath to defend the Constitution, as we did that night on Jan. 6. We’re here because we know that the eyes of the world are on us watching to see if America will stand up and take on the challenges of our time. To paraphrase Dr. King, whose legacy has been honored many, many times today, ‘While there may be finite disappointment in this country for so many people every day, we must never lose infinite hope.’ We’re not losing it. That, my friends, is why we on the Democratic side of the aisle are supporting this bill with history’s eyes on us, and with so much at stake, we must and we will fight on.” “The yeas are 49, the nays are 51. Three-fifths of the senators duly chosen and sworn, not having voted in the affirmative, the motion is not agreed to.”

U.S. & Politics

Senate Republicans Block Voting Rights Legislation

By Reuters January 19, 2022

Democrats failed to secure enough votes to pass the voting rights legislation that they say would counter widespread voter suppression efforts.

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