Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced The For the People Act, a comprehensive voting reform bill:
The legislation, also known as S.1, includes provisions that aim to make it easier to register and vote, prevent gerrymandering, improve election cybersecurity and reform campaign finance, among other initiatives.
The bill faces an uphill battle in the Senate, where it would require a minimum of 10 Republican votes to defeat a filibuster and move to a final vote on passage.
President Joe Biden said Tuesday he supports revising the Senate filibuster to require the minority to talk on the floor to block legislation, after previously indicating he did not support efforts to eliminate the filibuster completely.
“This issue is bigger than the filibuster,” said Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., in his first major floor speech Wednesday. “No Senate rule should overrule the integrity of our democracy.”
“We must find a way to pass voting rights, whether we get rid of the filibuster or not,” said Warnock, who has held onto his role as senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, where civil rights icon the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was pastor in the 1960s.
Schumer called on Republicans to join the Democrats: ‘We will see if our Republican friends join us. If they don’t join us, our caucus will come together and decide the appropriate action to take. Everything is on the table. Failure is not an option.”
Schumer also implied Republicans are racist:
‘It is not democracy when you disenfranchise people by passing Jim Crow laws. That’s not democracy — that’s dictatorship, and that’s where our Republican friends seem to be going,’ he said.
‘When you lose an election, what you do in a democracy is try to win over the people who didn’t vote for you, not prevent them from voting. That is autocratic, that is anti-democratic. That is anti-American, and it’s nothing short again if despicable, nasty — and in many cases racist,’ Schumer said.
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