The U.S. Democrats ’effort to enact national reforms on voting rights has no support from Republicans.
Republicans in the U.S. Senate are ready to block the debate over a far-reaching electoral reform, proposed by Democrats and backed by President Joe Biden, that paves the way for a showdown between the two major political parties over the U.S. election law. United States.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday he would bring legislation to the Senate entitled For the People Act for debate, a move that requires 60 senators to agree. Republicans, however, who control 50 out of every 100 Senate seats have lined up against the legislation.
“They don’t even want to debate it, they don’t even want to debate it because they are afraid,” Schumer said in statements to the Senate.
“They want to deny the right to vote, make it harder for so many Americans to vote. And they don’t want to talk about it, sweep it under the rug, and hope Americans don’t hear about it,” Schumer said.
The For For People Act would require all U.S. states to implement automatic voter registration, offer postal voting, and deploy new voting machines among other reforms.
Noting the importance Democrats place on the time and proximity of the uniformly divided U.S. Senate, the White House said Vice President Kamala Harris would chair the Senate for Tuesday night’s vote, giving Democrats a 51-vote majority. -50.
While Democrats sold the bill as an electoral integrity bill, Republicans opposed the measure as a federal scope that would increase Democratic political power and further undermine public confidence in the election. Americans.
It is important to note that the bill would do this backs down new voting restriction laws approving Republican-controlled state legislatures that have sparked outrage among voting rights advocates.
Republican leader Mitch McConnell called the bill a “transparent partisan plan” for Democrats “to tip all elections in America permanently in their favor.”
“Today the Senate will prevent this dangerous partisan takeover of our electoral system from advancing,” said Sen. John Thune, a Republican leader.
In a rare step into current politics, former President Barack Obama had backed a bipartisan candidacy of Democratic centrist Joe Manchin to draft a compromise bill with Republicans. But McConnell and others had rejected it as well.
Republican lawmakers in politically significant U.S. states have it approved new voting restrictions after the 2020 elections, which recorded a record turnout.
“State legislatures … across the country pass a wave of anti-voter laws based on the same repeatedly refuted lies that led to an assault on our nation’s Capitol,” the White House press secretary said , Jen Psaki, who was referring to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Congress. by Trump supporters.
“They are implementing these laws because they did not like the result and have continued to perpetuate a lie about the election result,” Psaki said.
At least 14 states have enacted 22 new laws restricting access to voting a reaction to Biden’s election victory in 2020 in record turnout.
Former President Donald Trump continues to do so claim without evidence the 2020 elections were stolen even though the courts have rejected their allegations of fraud in key states for lack of evidence.
The Republican “refusal to allow even the debate over the law for the people would be seen for what it is, a resounding endorsement for former Trump’s conspiracy theories and his attacks on our elections, against the same reality, “said Sen. Martin Heinrich, a Democrat.
The Senate’s failure to debate the bill will amplify discussion in Washington about revising Senate “filibuster” rules to allow legislation with less than 60 votes to be tabled.
The Senate blockade will put the focus on the public debate on new voting rights legislation more elaborated and drafted by black lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives.