Senate Democrats fail to change rules on filibuster to pass voting rights

Republicans blocked the Democrats from moving forward on the legislation.

Filibuster, United States Senate

1/20/2022 7:11:00 PM

'There's no question last night was a disappointment': House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Democrats 'will continue the work' on voting rights legislation after vote failed in Senate

Republicans blocked the Democrats from moving forward on the legislation.

Democrats' frustration with Manchin and Sinema was apparent, with Senator Bernie Sanders saying after the vote that Manchin and Sinema have"forced us to go through five months of discussions which have gotten absolutely nowhere." Mr. Biden said Vice President Kamala Harris will continue to lead the effort to pass voting rights legislation. After the voting rights bill failed to advance, Harris said in a statement that"Senators voted to preserve an arcane Senate procedure rather than secure that fundamental freedom. The American people will not forget this moment. Neither will history."

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Wait til November for your disappointment 😂 No federal election law should be purely partisan. Appoint a truly bipartisan and independent commission to first study all the state laws and then make recommendations about what is really needed. Otherwise this is a Dem, not “federal”, takeover of state elections.

Maybe stop pushing a Marxist takeover of the entire voting process and see how that goes, Nancy… The citizens representatives should not be allowed to buy and sell securities.

Republicans Block Elections Bill; Senate Democrats Turn to Filibuster ChangesBreaking: Republicans blocked a rewrite of the country’s election laws, and Democrats prepared to respond with an ill-fated attempt to muscle through the package with a simple majority by changing the Senate’s procedures Anyone gonna ask them if they’re concerned about undermining democracy with their statements calling future election results into question? Didn’t think so.

Senate Republicans block Democrats' voting rights legislationDemocrats are also poised to fall short Wednesday night in their effort to change the filibuster rules. Democrats try to change the rules when they can't unify anyone HAHAHHA Clown show. I’m sick and tired of these useless fools. The reality is Republicans are opposing and disrupting the passing of much-needed legislation only because they think killing those legislations would hurt Biden. They don't care a bit the chaos/crisis they're creating along the way also hurting the American people. It's sad!

Senate Republicans block voting rights bills, join with two Democrats to prevent filibuster changeSenate Republicans blocked two voting rights bills, while Democrats Sinema and Manchin joined the GOP in opposing filibuster rule changes. America is a failed state Change is must prolonging wastes time, energy & national priorities. It must act responsibly or where is the difference b/w elected reps and mobs, wastrels,who don't value national time.Get o/o 19th century, this is 21st century, time is most precious commodity,delay,fatal Why does the MSM says that 'Democrats fail in passing voting rights'? Why don't say that REPUBLICANS FAIL ALL AMERICAN VOTERS? We all fail when Democracy is invalidated. Americans, beware, because you are allowing the install of a Dictator, sooner than later.

Senate Republicans again block voting legislation put forward by DemocratsSenate Republicans once again blocked a voting rights bill put forward by Democrats in the latest partisan showdown over an issue Democrats are urgently seeking to spotlight despite lacking the votes to pass the legislation ahead of the midterm elections just months away. Dems can pass it if they get rid of filibuster. So actually only the Dems stopped the bill from passing.

Republicans ‘all in’ for Ron Johnson's re-election fight in Wisconsin with Senate control at stakeThe campaign arm of Senate Republicans and big-money donors see Ron Johnson as critical to retaking the majority after they abandoned him in a previous re-election fight. The( R ) next to anyone's name should automatically disqualify them from office !!🤬🇺🇸

Senate begins showdown over voting rights as Democrats brace for failureWith 2 senators appearing immovable, and with the GOP overwhelmingly opposed to the 2 bills, the measures are likely to fail. The Senate showdown is less a legislative strategy to pass the bills and more a political strategy to show voters that they tried.

07:50 Senate Republicans blocked Democrats from moving forward on voting rights legislation, and Democrats failed to get 50 votes to change the Senate rules to move forward with the legislation with a simple majority.  The dramatic night started with the Senate first voting on whether to end debate on the voting rights legislation, a move that failed to get the 60 votes needed to move the bill forward. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer then brought up a vote on a rules change to move the legislation forward with a one-time exemption, which was fiercely opposed by Republicans and two members of his own party, Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.  Democrats' frustration with Manchin and Sinema was apparent, with Senator Bernie Sanders saying after the vote that Manchin and Sinema have"forced us to go through five months of discussions which have gotten absolutely nowhere."  President Joe Biden issued a statement after the votes, saying he was"profoundly disappointed" in the outcome, although he did not place blame on fellow Democrats. "I am disappointed — but I am not deterred," Mr. Biden said."My Administration will never stop fighting to ensure that the heart and soul of our democracy — the right to vote — is protected at all costs. We will continue to work with allies to advance necessary legislation to protect the right to vote. And to push for Senate procedural changes that will protect the fundamental right to vote." Mr. Biden said Vice President Kamala Harris will continue to lead the effort to pass voting rights legislation. After the voting rights bill failed to advance, Harris said in a statement that"Senators voted to preserve an arcane Senate procedure rather than secure that fundamental freedom. The American people will not forget this moment. Neither will history." Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said it was"perhaps the most important day in the history of the Senate" and said that if the Democrats' succeed, they would"break" the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters alongside, from left, Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., during a press conference regarding the Democratic party's shift to focus on voting rights at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. Amanda Andrade-Rhoades / AP "Tonight for the first time in history almost an entire political party will write in permanent ink that they would shatter the soul of the Senate for short term power," McConnell said. Schumer, who changed his vote on voting rights legislation to allow the bills to be reconsidered, needed 51 votes to move forward on the rules. At one point, Manchin asked if the vote could proceed without the rule change, which was denied.  Ahead of the rules change vote to amend the filibuster, Schumer called the proposal"very simple." "Tonight let us sidestep voting rights no more," Schumer said."The question before the Senate is how we will find a path forward on protecting our freedoms in this turbulent 21st century. The only choice to move forward on these vital issues is to change the rules in the modest way we have proposed." The Senate rules change proposed by Democrats would have implemented a"talking filibuster" for the voting rights legislation alone. Under this plan, final passage would require a 51-vote majority, rather than the usual 60, after senators used their opportunities to speak to filibuster the bill. Earlier Wednesday, Manchin told his colleagues that invoking the so-called nuclear option to eliminate the 60-vote threshold would exacerbate the current political divisions. "I cannot support such a perilous course for this nation when elected leaders are sent to Washington to unite our country, not to divide our country," he said."Putting politics and party aside is what we're supposed to do. It's time that we do the hard work to forge the difficult compromises that can stand the test of time." Manchin delivered his speech alongside a poster that read"The United States Senate has never been able to end debate with a simple majority" and called claims by his Democratic colleagues that eliminating the filibuster would restore the vision the founding fathers intended for the Senate"simply not true." "Allowing one party to exert complete control in the Senate with only a simple majority will only pour fuel on the fire of political whiplash and dysfunction, and that is tearing this nation apart," he said. Several Republican senators gathered on the floor to hear Manchin's speech, including McConnell and Minority Whip John Thune. Earlier Wednesday, Schumer addressed Sinema's and Manchin's opposition and their arguments that the filibuster is used to foster bipartisanship. "I don't see that evidence, evidence of that at all," Schumer said."But even for those who feel that the filibuster is a good thing and helps bring us together, I would ask this question: isn't the protection of voting rights, the most fundamental wellspring of this democracy, more important? Isn't protecting voting rights and protecting their diminution more important than a rule in the Senate?" Manchin and Sinema have remained firm in their defense of the filibuster under intense pressure by some Democratic lawmakers and activist groups. EMILY's List, a group that endorses women politicians who advocate for abortion rights, said that it will not endorse Sinema in future elections if she refuses to support a rules change to pass voting rights legislation. "We want to make it clear: if Senator Sinema can not support a path forward for the passage of this legislation, we believe she undermines the foundations of our democracy, her own path to victory and also the mission of EMILY's List, and we will be unable to endorse her moving forward," said EMILY's List President Laphonza Butler in a statement. Wednesday's votes took place just hours after