Tuesday witnessed the death of the Democrats long anticipated “For the People Act” in the Senate, as Republicans blocked the voting reform act which would have dramatically undermined election fidelity and swung voting law to favor Democrats broadly in a naked power-grab that was rammed through the House by speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The legislation required 60 votes to clear its way through the Senate, but Republicans filibustered the bill and killed it. Not a single Republican joined Democrats in their vote to proceed with the bill.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-KY) spoke out about the bill, calling the 900 page piece of legislation “rotten” at its core and slamming Democrats for imposing upon states’ voting rights in a way that would “rig” elections to favor the Left.
While some compromises to the bill were suggested to garner Republican support, it never abandoned its core problems which included federal standards for state elections, removing the power of states to oversee their own election processes. Furthermore, the bill made it illegal to enforce voter ID laws, an issue which Democrats claim make it needlessly difficult for minority members to vote but that Republicans argue is critical for election fidelity.
The bill was slammed by even moderate members of the GOP, such as Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) who called the legislation an attempt at a “partisan federal takeover.”
Democrats, with the backing of the White House, said that the legislation was necessary to rescue democracy from “voter suppression laws.” Issuing a statement that edges on hyperbole, the White House stated that “democracy is in peril,” dramatically adding that voting rights were “under assault.”
After suffering the blistering defeat, Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris declared that “the fight is not over.”
Feeling salty about the loss, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) accused Republicans of adopting “voter suppression” as part of the “official platform of the . . . party.”
The legislation was numbered in the House as H.R. 1 and reached the senate as S.1, signifying it’s importance to Democratic leadership as a high priority. When the bill cleared the House, it did so without any Republican support.
Author: Aaron Hanson