Senate Republicans block Democrats' federal voting rights legislation

El Senado votó 49-51 sobre si tomar el “Ley de Libertad de Voto,” quedando muy lejos de la 60 votos necesarios para superar un obstruccionismo republicano. Líder de la mayoría del Senado Chuck Schumer, D-NY, cambió su voto a un “nay,” in a procedural move that will allow him to submit the legislation for a re-vote.

The result marked the third time this year that Republicans have blocked the legislation, which Democrats have supported in response to the passage of election security overhauls in GOP-led states.

President Biden slammed Republicans for blocking consideration of the voting rights legislation in a scathing statement, arguing the right to vote isunder unrelenting assault by proponents of the Big Lie and Republican Governors, Secretaries of State, Attorneys-General, and state legislatures across the nation.

Senate Democrats have worked hard to ensure this bill includes traditionally bipartisan provisions,” Biden dijo. “But Senate Republicans are likely to block even debate on the bill, as they have before on previous voting rights bills. It’s unconscionable.

President Joe Biden attends a virtual COVID-19 summit during the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, miércoles, Septiembre. 22, 2021, en Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden attends a virtual COVID-19 summit during the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, miércoles, Septiembre. 22, 2021, en Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Republicans have argued the legislation would infringe on the right of states to dictate their own election laws and would unduly favor the Democratic party. The latest version of the voting rights legislation would establish a federal election framework, create rules aimed at preventing partisan redistricting, and overhaul the campaign finance system.

The bill also included provisions favored by moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, who joined Republicans in voicing concern about previous versions of the bill. The legislation includes a Manchin-backed effort to limit voter ID requirements.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., decried the bill as a federalelection takeover scheme.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 22: NOSOTROS. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks in a hallway after a vote at the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol June 22, 2021 en Washingcorriente continuan, DC. The Senate is scheduled to vote on a procedural vote of the For the People Act this evening. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, corriente continua – JUNE 22: NOSOTROS. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) walks in a hallway after a vote at the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol June 22, 2021 en Washington, corriente continua. The Senate is scheduled to vote on a procedural vote of the For the People Act this evening. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Democrats have vowed to enact a federal voting rights overhaul regardless of Republican opposition.

Progressive Democrats have repeatedly called for the filibuster to be changed or abolished entirely in response to Republican efforts to block key elements of Biden’s legislative agenda. McConnell has warned any effort to abolish the filibuster would result in complete gridlock in the Senate.

Moderate Democrats, including Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, have resisted calls to abolish the filibuster. Biden has also spoken out against the idea in recent months.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks to the media after a Democratic policy luncheon, martes, oct. 19, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Foto AP / Jacquelyn Martin)

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks to the media after a Democratic policy luncheon, martes, oct. 19, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Foto AP / Jacquelyn Martin)

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