Voting Rights Bill Blocked in Senate

The push for federal voting rights legislation appears stymied, after Senate Republicans blocked an elections bill in the chamber last night and Democrats were unsuccessful in weakening the Senate’s filibuster rules to pass the legislation by a simple majority. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has been blocked on several attempts to pass voting rights… Read more »

Senate ‘Running Out of Time’ on Voting Rights

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is pressing for a floor vote on voting rights legislation next week but will face a difficult decision if Senate Republicans uniformly oppose the bill as expected. The Freedom to Vote Act would, among other things, ensure that states have early voting, make Election Day a public holiday and… Read more »

Democrats Renew Push for Voting Rights Bill

With President Biden’s nearly $2 trillion social spending package stalled, Senate Democrats turned their attention this week back to voting rights legislation they say is necessary to counter changes to election laws in Republican-led states. Though Senate Republicans have blocked three previous attempts to pass the For the People Act, Freedom to Vote Act and… Read more »

Senate GOP Blocks Voting Rights Bill

Senate Republicans yesterday filibustered Democrats’ attempt to move forward with the Freedom to Vote Act, a more narrowly focused voting rights bill that had the backing of every Senate Democrat. “We’re not deterred, but there’s still a lot of work to do and I think it’s really a sad day,” Vice President Kamala Harris said… Read more »

Schumer Schedules Doomed Vote on Elections Bill

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has scheduled a procedural vote next week on the Freedom to Vote Act, a more narrowly focused voting rights bill that Schumer says has the backing of every Senate Democrat. The legislation is the result of months of negotiations between Schumer, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and seven other Democratic… Read more »