Published On: Tue, Jun 22nd, 2021
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Senate Republicans Use Filibuster to Block Democrat-Backed Voting Bill

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Senate Republicans on Tuesday evening blocked a Democrat-backed election-related bill via the filibuster, potentially setting up a battle over the 60-vote legislative procedure. Senators voted 50-50 in the equally divided upper chamber on advancing the “For the People Act,” a sweeping bill that would change U.S. voting laws. The bill was co-sponsored by every Democrat except Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who called it too partisan and proposed his own election-related bill, although Manchin ultimately voted to allow debate on the bill. Manchin said earlier Tuesday that he would vote to approve the measure because he wanted the Senate to debate talks with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and “found common ground with my Democratic colleagues on a new version of the bill that ensures our elections are fair, accessible, and secure.” During the Senate session, Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the vote. However, she wasn’t able to cast …

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