Senate Republicans won't even consider voting rights. The filibuster must go

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that Republican senators will block a debate on Democrats' election reform to prevent a "partisan power grab", but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) thinks his GOP colleagues are just scared.

"Abolish the filibuster so we can do the people's work", tweeted left-wing Democratic congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, of MA, before the vote. Democrats have pushed the measure, which would have increased voter options and ensured access as well as addressed issues such as gerrymandering and campaign financing. They believe the bill is unconstitutional as the election system is the domain of the states, not the federal government. The court in coming days could further weaken the Voting Rights Act in a ruling on voting restrictions in Arizona.

The bill's legislative difficulties have reinvigorated Democratic calls for the Senate to take the radical step of eliminating a tactic known as the filibuster, thereby allowing legislation to pass with a simple majority of 51 votes.

Even if the president had made a stronger effort to use the "bully pulpit" to tout the benefits of the bill - and Biden did give several speeches on the subject - the chances of shifting any Republican votes was slim.

Some Democrats have spoken out against Manchin's changes, including a voter ID requirement and allowing modified voter roll purges.

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Manchin, one of the last Democrat holdouts on the bill, has remained indecisive on his support.

"It is a fact, a fact that voting rights are under assault in America that we have not seen in many, many decades", Schumer said shortly before the vote started.

Thompson, host of the "Make It Plain" podcast, was present in a five-person panel on MSNBC's "The Beat with Ari Melber" to discuss the bill failing to get the 60 votes needed to overcome the filibuster. The Senate is split evenly between the Democratic and Republican caucuses, and Vice President Kamala Harris serves as the tiebreaking vote when necessary.

Its key provisions, however, rightly sought to enhance democracy and shore up the right to vote.

"We can't let state legislators get to pick and choose who votes and what votes get counted". The Democrat controlled House had passed its version of the legislation in March.

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