Thursday, the House passed voting rights legislation in a way that it is expected to spark a fight in the Senate over topic and filibuster.
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New district maps drawn by independent commissions would be most likely to pass Manchin’s test, the Freedom to Vote Act (FTVA).
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Students assembled outside the White House to participate in a hunger strike to push for the passing of the Freedom to Vote Act
There is hope that Manchin may be more receptive to a filibuster carve-out, which is critical for the passage of voting rights legislation.
Black leaders plan to warn White House officials that it is past time for President Joe Biden to fully support voting rights legislation.
President Joe Biden sees election reform as a key part of his campaign, but nearly a year later, voting rights reform remains elusive.