Senate Republicans block Democrats' federal voting rights legislation

参议院投票 49-51 on whether to take up the “投票自由法,” falling far short of the 60 votes required to overcome a GOP filibuster. 参议院多数党领袖查克·舒默(Chuck Schumer), D-NY, switched his vote to anay,” 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,” 拜登说. “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, 星期三, 九月. 22, 2021, 在华盛顿. (美联社照片/ 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, 星期三, 九月. 22, 2021, 在华盛顿. (美联社照片/ Evan Vucci) (美联社照片/ 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. 西弗吉尼亚州的乔曼钦, who joined Republicans in voicing concern about previous versions of the bill. The legislation includes a Manchin-backed effort to limit voter ID requirements.

参议院少数党领袖米奇·麦康奈尔, R-Ky。, decried the bill as a federalelection takeover scheme.

华盛顿, DC - JUNE 22: 我们. 参议院少数党领袖. 米奇·麦康奈尔 (R-KY) walks in a hallway after a vote at the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol June 22, 2021 在华盛直流电, 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)

华盛顿, 直流电 – JUNE 22: 我们. 参议院少数党领袖. 米奇·麦康奈尔 (R-KY) walks in a hallway after a vote at the Senate chamber at the U.S. Capitol June 22, 2021 在华盛顿, 直流电. 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.

温和的民主党人, including Manchin and Sen. 亚利桑那州的克尔斯滕电影院, 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, 星期二, 十月. 19, 2021, 在华盛顿的国会山. (美联社照片/杰奎琳·马丁)

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks to the media after a Democratic policy luncheon, 星期二, 十月. 19, 2021, 在华盛顿的国会山. (美联社照片/杰奎琳·马丁)

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