US Republicans have torpedoed a Democratic bid to implement nationwide election rules, a cherished priority of President Joe Biden's party. "This process would allow both Republicans and Democrats to offer amendments to further change the bill", Manchin said before the vote.
In anticipation of the Senate vote Tuesday evening on the For the People Act, a bill meant to expand voting rights and counter restrictive voting laws pushed by GOP lawmakers, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., denounced Republican efforts to stop the legislation from being passed. That's why, according to the Senate leader, there are so many Republican-led states passing more voter laws. Instead, he released a memo of changes to election law that he would support, including mandating 15 days of early voting, automatic registration and making Election Day a public holiday.
In remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday morning, Schumer said, "Donald Trump, fresh off a resounding loss in the 2020 presidential election, cried foul and lied - lied - that the election was stolen from him, like a petulant child".
Thompson, host of the "Make It Plain" podcast, was present in a five-person panel on MSNBC's "The Beat with Ari Melber" to discuss the bill failing to get the 60 votes needed to overcome the filibuster.More news: Canada is lifting some major travel restrictions for fully-vaccinated residents
There was never much doubt that the comprehensive voting rights bill was dead in the Senate.
"Unfortunately, my Republican colleagues refused to allow debate of this legislation despite the reasonable changes made to focus the bill on the core issues facing our democracy".
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Whether that was ever a possibility is debatable. "Are we going to let the most dishonest president in history continue to poison our democracy from the inside?" Republican lawmakers have rebuked the sweeping legislation, while Democrats argue it is a necessary counterweight to various restrictive voting measures red states are imposing.
"Equally unacceptable, totally inappropriate", Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters on Thursday.More news: Court turns back European Union demand for surge in AstraZeneca vaccine doses
"He's not absent, but he needs to be a lot more vocal and a lot more out front", said Jamaal Bowman, a NY congressman, on CNN.
Some of Manchin's ideas, such as a requirement for early voting, overlapped the provisions of the For the People Act.
Despite their best efforts, no Republican was willing to support the bill.
Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia had pushed for a bipartisan deal, even offering an alternative version of the bill that was not as far-reaching.
"As such, congressional action on federal voting rights legislation must be the result of both Democrats and Republicans coming together to find a pathway forward or we risk further dividing and destroying the republic we swore to protect and defend as elected officials", he wrote in the January 6 piece.More news: Edwin Poots: Fallout from DUP leader's resignation continues