The voting rights bill in Congress appears to be dead because Democrats were unable to change the filibuster rule in the Senate. After a long debate, two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema refused to join the rest of their party in supporting the rule change that requires the support of 60 senators to end debate on a bill.
This means the Republicans will be able to obstruct voting rights legislation and a number of other bills that don’t have significant bipartisan support. President Biden released a statement after the vote saying he is “not deterred” and will “explore every measure and use every tool at our disposal to stand up for democracy.”
The question now turns to what Democrats can get done before the midterms with 51 votes in the Senate and via executive order by Joe Biden. Certainly, Democrats would have been able to get a lot more done if the filibuster rule was no longer in place, but that would also be true for Republicans the next time they’re able to take control.
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