Greater than 40 Senate Republicans filibustered and blocked debate from starting on the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.

Republicans Refuse To Permit Debate On The Voting Rights Act

Earlier than the vote Majority Chief Schumer mentioned:

Once more, the preclearance provisions which might be being up to date in in the present day’s invoice have lengthy been supported by either side of the aisle, repeatedly. The Voting Rights Act, which initially instituted them, has been up to date 5 occasions within the final half-century, underneath each Republican and Democratic presidents and with votes from either side. This has at all times been a bipartisan subject prior to now.

 It must be no totally different in the present day—and I decide to my Republican colleagues that we’ll have a full-fledged debate course of right here on the ground, the place our colleagues can supply germane amendments and voice what considerations they could have.

 I hope extra members on the opposite facet of the aisle observe in Senator Murkowski’s instance. Senate Republicans shouldn’t be afraid of merely beginning debate on a problem we’ve lengthy debated and lengthy supported prior to now.

 However crossing their arms and squelching any alternative for progress is unacceptable. If Republicans have totally different concepts on how you can obtain a stronger democracy, they owe it to the American folks to come back ahead and debate their concepts.

 Democratic Voters Need A Voting Rights Invoice

Because the Senate endlessly tinkers with infrastructure, what their voters really need is a invoice to guard voting rights.

Chief Schumer was right. The Republican obstruction is just not acceptable.

It’s previous time for Democrats within the Senate to get their act collectively, carve out the filibuster, and move a voting rights invoice.

The vote on Wednesday was one other step in Sen. Schumer’s plan to show to Sens. Manchin and Sinema that Republicans won’t ever work with them on voting rights.

Push is coming to shove, and if Democrats wish to maintain their Senate majority, they should move a voting rights invoice.