President Biden issued a statement on Senate Republicans blocking the John Lewis voting rights bill, urging them to reconsider.
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Republicans Wednesday barred the Senate from debating a voting rights bill named after ardent civil rights activist, the late John Lewis.
Sens. Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Murkowski (R-Alaska) signed on to a revamped voting rights bill Tuesday, a day before Senate test vote.
The Senate is set to consider the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. It would shield voters from racial discrimination at the ballot box.
Advocates in support of voting rights and election reform in the Senate have planned a sustained campaign for the upcoming weeks.
The near-total gridlock in Washington is infuriating voting-rights advocates. However, they see the filibuster as a new opportunity.
Stacey Abrams argues voting infrastructure is being gutted and the utility of a democratically elected government is being questioned.
Kristen Clarke a top DOJ official for civil rights argues that voting discrimination is “a current-day problem” that should be corrected.
Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said Thursday that the Freedom to Vote Act could be taken to the Senate floor next week for consideration.
Advocates have provided $5.8million to encourage a voting bill compromise in Congress. The new bill will protect the right to vote.