Republicans in the US Senate are expected to block progress on a major voting rights bill on Tuesday.
The Senate’s top Democrat, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, scheduled a procedural vote for the so-called For the People Act, but 60 votes were needed to advance the bill to debate and Republicans in an evenly divided 100-member chamber. Were opposed to the measure, the bill as it stands is set to stop.
Efforts are underway to introduce a revised version, led by Senator Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat. His proposed changes include adding a national voter ID requirement and cutting a public campaign funding provision from the original version.
The Democratic push for election reform comes as Republican-controlled legislatures in several states impose new restrictions after the 2020 election, with President Donald Trump repeatedly making false claims of election fraud.
The Senate bill, which passed the Democrat-majority House of Representatives in March, would make it easier for people to register to vote, requiring states to have at least 15 days of early voting, requiring people to cast absentee ballots without giving a reason. and placed the rescheduling of Congress districts in the hands of non-partisan commissions and not state legislatures.
Kentucky Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the bill is an attempt by Democrats to “permanently rig the rules of the US election” in their favor.
McConnell said on Monday, “Since Democrats got the election results they wanted last fall, we’ve seen our allies update their partisan power-grabbing argument: preventing states from taking control of their election laws. should go.”
Schumer said Monday that voting rights are “under attack from one end of the country to the other” and that Republican-led efforts in various states are an attempt to give Republicans a “partisan advantage in elections.” Democratic-leaning voters to vote. He urged Senate Republicans to allow debate on the voting rights bill.