More than 40 Senate Republicans have filibustered and blocked debate over the John Lewis Voting Rights Act from the beginning.
Republicans refuse to allow debate on suffrage law
Before the vote, the majority leader Schumer said:
Again, the precautionary provisions updated in today’s bill have long been repeatedly supported by both sides of the aisle. The Voting Rights Act, which originally enacted it, has been updated five times in the past half-century, under both Republican and Democratic presidents and with votes from both sides. This has always been a two-party issue in the past.
It should not be any different today – and I pledge to my Republican colleagues that we will have a full-fledged debate process here on the floor, where our colleagues can present German amendments and express whatever concerns they may have.
I hope more members on the other side of the aisle follow in Senator Murkowski’s example. Senate Republicans should not be afraid to simply start a debate on an issue that we have long debated and long supported in the past.
But crossing their arms and squeezing out any opportunity for progress is unacceptable. If Republicans have different ideas about how to achieve a stronger democracy, they owe it to the American people to come forward and debate their ideas.
Democratic voters want a suffrage bill
While the Senate is endlessly tinkering with infrastructure, their constituents are truly a bill to protect voting rights.
Leader Schumer was correct. The Republican obstruction is not acceptable.
It’s past time for Democrats in the Senate to act, cut out the filibuster and pass a suffrage bill.
The vote Wednesday was another step in Sen. Schumer’s plan to give to Sens. Manchin and Cinema to prove that Republicans will never work with them on voting rights.
Push comes to press, and if Democrats want to retain their Senate majority, they must pass a suffrage bill.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
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Member of the Association of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association