The Democratic Party’s efforts to reform voting rights across the country lack the support of the Republican Party.
Republicans in the U.S. Senate are preparing to block the debate on comprehensive election reform legislation proposed by the Democrats and supported by President Joe Biden, which laid the foundation for the confrontation between the two major political parties over the U.S. election law.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Tuesday that he will submit legislation entitled “A Bill for the People” to the Senate for debate, a move that requires the consent of 60 senators. However, Republicans who control 50 of the 100 Senate seats have opposed the legislation.
“They don’t even want to debate, or even debate, because they are afraid,” Schumer criticized in his speech in the Senate.
“They want to take away the right to vote and make it more difficult to vote for so many Americans. They don’t want to talk about it, sweep it under the carpet, and hope that Americans don’t hear it,” Schumer said.
The “For the People Act” will require all U.S. states to implement reforms such as automatic voter registration, provision of mail-in voting, and deployment of new voting machines.
The White House stated that the Democratic Party attaches great importance to this moment and the closeness of the bipartisan relationship in the U.S. Senate, saying that Vice President Kamala Harris will preside over the Senate vote on Tuesday night and allow the Democrats to pass with a 51-50 majority.
Although the bill was sold by Democrats as an election integrity bill, Republicans opposed the measure, believing that the measure would strengthen the Democratic Party’s political power and further weaken the public’s confidence in American elections.
Importantly, the bill will Roll back the new voting restriction law The bill passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature has sparked the anger of voting rights advocates.
Republican leader Mitch McConnell called the bill a “transparent partisan plan” of the Democratic Party that “makes every election in the United States permanently beneficial to them.”
“Today, the Senate will prevent this dangerous party from taking over our electoral system,” said John Thun, the leading Republican Senator.
In a rare step towards today’s politics, former President Barack Obama supported the Democratic centrist Joe Manchin’s bipartisan bid to enact a compromise bill with Republicans. But McConnell and others also rejected this.
Republican legislators in politically important states in the United States have New voting restrictions passed After the 2020 general election, the turnout rate reached a record high.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said of the attack on the U.S. Congress on January 6: “State legislatures… are passing a wave of anti-voter laws across the country based on lies that have been repeatedly overturned that led to attacks on our country The Capitol.” Trump supporter.
“They made these laws because they didn’t like the election results, and they continued to lie about the election results,” Psaki said.
At least 14 states have enacted 22 new laws restricting voting rights Strongly opposed Biden won the 2020 election with a record turnout.
Former President Donald Trump continues Unsubstantiated claim Although the court dismissed his fraud charges in key states on the grounds of insufficient evidence, the 2020 election was still stolen.
Democratic Senator Martin Heinrich stated that Republicans “refused to even debate the “For the People Act”, which would be seen as a conspiracy theory against former President Trump and his election against us. The attack and the strong support of reality itself”.
The Senate’s failure to debate the bill would expand Washington’s discussions on amending the Senate’s “blocking bill” rule to allow for legislation with fewer than 60 votes.
The impasse in the Senate will focus on the public debate about the new, narrower voting rights legislation being enacted by black lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives.