Voting bill blocked by GOP filibuster, Dems try rules change

BREAKING: President Biden's voting and elections bill has been blocked by a Republican filibuster in a sharp setback for him and his fellow Democrats.

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1/20/2022 5:05:00 AM

BREAKING: President Biden's voting and elections bill has been blocked by a Republican filibuster in a sharp setback for him and his fellow Democrats.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Voting legislation that Democrats and civil rights groups argued is vital for protecting democracy was blocked Wednesday by a Republican filibuster, a setback for President Joe Biden and his party after a raw, emotional debate.

his first year in office“I haven’t given up,” Biden said earlier at a White House news conference.threaten to yank campaign support.Both Manchin and Sinema say they support the legislation but are unwilling to change Senate rules. With a 50-50 split, Democrats have a narrow Senate majority — Harris can break a tie — but they lack the 60 votes needed to overcome the GOP filibuster.

Emotions were on display during the floor debate.The No. 2 Republican, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, said at one point, “I am not a racist.”Manchin drew a roomful of senators for his own speech, upstaging the president’s news conference and defending the filibuster. He said majority rule would only “add fuel to the fire” and it was “dysfunction that is tearing this nation apart.”

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Stop saying democrats!! Start saying democracy!! Setback for Democrats? You meant Americans and democracy, right? Please don’t let interns write important tweets without any editing. Try this instead: Voting Rights denied by Republicans, a sharp setback for American citizens. Should never have combined them. Democrats failed to read the room.

Bam! The senate worked together against Biden’s agenda, isn’t that the way it should be? You know like Check and balance and all🤔🤣 Has Biden actually done anything yet? Just years of promising things & then half ass pushing for them. Worked out great for Obama, nothing bad happen after he went... I'm not a Democrat, but I can see plain as day that this isn't just a setback for Biden & Co., it's a setback for the United States.

It’s a setback FOR ALL OF AMERICANS. Fucking hellscape

Mitt Romney on voting rights bill: President Joe Biden, Democrats venturing into 'deep hysteria'Sen. Mitt Romney expressed his opposition to the Democrats' voting rights bill Tuesday, including saying those who favor voter identification aren't racist. It wasn’t broke! You manufactured a lie so you could suppress minority voting! No bull💩 us! Republicans are in panic mode! Losing a presidential election! One term Donny, they need to suppress it, republicans know their days are numbered! Why else fix something that isn’t broke! I mean, you could have also mentioned that vaccine identification isn't racist so....

Who writes this myopic anti-democracy shit? What a set back for leftists n socialists.. It's a setback for voting rights not 'Democrats'. The liberal sheep 🐑 are getting easier to spot- ' it's a setback for America' 😆 🤣 😡 This framing is a great example of why I uninstalled your app. You are complicit.

I don't understand how you can say that the election bill was blocked by Republicans when Democrat Schumer's vote determined that a Senate majority opposed the legislation. I’m just here to add: AMERICANS not Democrats. You’re consistently bad at this. Do better, AP. This is a 🗑 take. Setback for DEMOCRACY. There. Correction. Ill send my editorial bill in the mail. You are welcome AP.

U.S. Democrats to start voting rights showdown with no clear path to victoryPresident Joe Biden 's Democrats will bring their push to protect U.S. voting rights to the floor of the Senate this week, where it is roundly expected to fail in the face of united Republican opposition. The vote, which could come in days or weeks, may be the last chance for Biden to secure a new federal law to counter an onslaught of state limits to poll access before Republicans possibly capture one or both houses of Congress in elections in November. As other elements of his domestic agenda stall on Capitol Hill, the Democratic president has called the vote a significant moment for a U.S. democracy facing crisis. PLEASE VOTE IN APRIL....this communist government is killing USA

So all the elections before this weren't fair and accurate? It’s a setback for America.The GOP knows they can’t win if we all vote. Tell it like it is. Tell the truth. They’re trying to stop us from voting. They’re suppressing the vote in Republican led states. Report that! They’re dismantling democracy. Report that! WhatDoTheyStandFor

I carefully listened to both parties speak today. Democracy is not at stake just because one repeatedly uses words like The Lie, suppression, etc.Sadly, they’ve been rendered sales talk. Voting rights should change but U.S. History won’t be kind to these heavy handed threats. Breaking...The Republican Party just filibustered American's voice

Yes, this just hurts Democrats. Do better AP! 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️ New headline: gop knows they cannot win, so GOP take the freedom to vote away from Americans Overreaching federal government blocked Fixed it Well we are all shocked Psstt.... 1) Democrats are in Control of both houses of Congress. 2) The voting 'rights' act would be unconstitutional if passed, because it's not actually about voting rights; but instead makes elections less safe/secure. Voter ID is common sense.

Voice of reason prevails

Senate Democrats charge forward with debate on voting rights legislation despite expected failureThe Senate will gather Tuesday to begin debate on a package of two voting rights bills that was approved by the House last week.

Breaking: we all new this was going to happen It’s a direct attack on American democracy by those who are in the pockets of radicals. USA is a mess. unbelievable that it's 2022 and black people are still not allowed to vote And the Sun is hot. This is factually wrong. It was a bi-partisan filibuster. It’s not a Republican filibuster if Democrats are participating also

2 Dems and most Reps refuse to pass it JonLemire YES!👍👍👍🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Democrats to start voting rights showdown with no clear path to victoryPresident Joe Biden 's Democrats will bring their push to protect voting rights to the floor of the Senate this week, where it is roundly expected to fail in the face of united Republican opposition. Democrats work for a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist in order to promote political division. Record high inflation, supply issues, rampant pandemic. I’m sure that the citizens of this country are really worried about voting rights at the moment. Seems like those who want to vote can If anyone needed more proof that KSL is just partisan propaganda for the Dems, here it is in one blatant lie. 'Republican-led push to make it more difficult to vote at the state level, particularly for Blacks and other minority voters.' Literally no one is doing that.

A setback for every American who values their right to vote and not have it thrown away by a Republican legislature BREAKING: Senate Republicans give up on America.

Senate Democrats march forward on their all-but-doomed voting rights billsToday, Senate Democrats will try to get closer to a floor vote on the two voting rights bills that have sat inactive for months in the chamber, despite having no apparent path to victory on the legislation:

Democrats near defeat with voting rights push poised to failThe Senate will hold a procedural vote Wednesday night to advance a pair of voting rights bills that Democrats say are critical to ensuring fair elections amid efforts in GOP-led states to erect new barriers to voting. THE DEMS ARE SUNK FOR 8 YEARS IF THEY DON'T GET RID OF SCHUMER AND FIND A PUNCH BACK POTUS CANDIDATE WHO CAN STOMP ON TRUMP. DEMS NEED TO UNIFY AND GET MUCH STRONGER DEMS NEED TO BLOCK EVERY GOPBILL FOR THE NEXT 8 YEARS! PAYBACK.

making it more difficult for Black Americans and others to vote by consolidating polling locations, requiring certain types of identification and ordering other changes. Vice President Kamala Harris presided, able to cast a potentially tie-breaking vote in the 50-50 Senate. Democrats decided to press ahead despite the potential for high-stakes defeat at a tumultuous time for Biden and his party. Biden is marking his first year in office with his priorities stalling out in the face of solid Republican opposition and the Democrats’ inability to unite around their own goals. But the Democrats wanted to force senators on the record — even their own party’s holdouts — to show voters where they stand. ADVERTISEMENT “I haven’t given up,” Biden said earlier at a White House news conference. Sinema and Manchin have withstood an onslaught of criticism from Black leaders and civil rights organizations, and they risk further political fallout as other groups and even their own colleagues threaten to yank campaign support. Schumer contended the fight is not over and he ridiculed Republican claims that the new election laws in the states will not end up hurting voter access and turnout, comparing it to Donald Trump’s “big lie” about the 2020 presidential election. The Democrats’ bill, the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act, would make Election Day a national holiday, ensure access to early voting and mail-in ballots — which have become especially popular during the COVID-19 pandemic — and enable the Justice Department to intervene in states with a history of voter interference, among other changes. It has passed the House. Both Manchin and Sinema say they support the legislation but are unwilling to change Senate rules. With a 50-50 split, Democrats have a narrow Senate majority — Harris can break a tie — but they lack the 60 votes needed to overcome the GOP filibuster. Instead, Schumer put forward a more specific rules change for a “talking filibuster” on this one bill. It would require senators to stand at their desks and exhaust the debate before holding a simple majority vote, rather than the current practice that simply allows senators to privately signal their objections. But even that is expected to fail because Manchin and Sinema have said they are unwilling to change the rules on a party-line vote by Democrats alone. Emotions were on display during the floor debate. When Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., asked Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky whether he would pause for a question, McConnell left the chamber, refusing to respond. Durbin said he would have asked McConnell, “Does he really believe that there’s no evidence of voter suppression?” The No. 2 Republican, Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, said at one point, “I am not a racist.” McConnell, who led his party in doing away with the filibuster’s 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees during Donald Trump’s presidency, warned against changing the rules again. McConnell derided the “fake hysteria” from Democrats over the states’ new voting laws and called the pending bill a federal takeover of election systems. He said doing away with filibuster rules would “break the Senate.” Manchin drew a roomful of senators for his own speech, upstaging the president’s news conference and defending the filibuster. He said majority rule would only “add fuel to the fire” and it was “dysfunction that is tearing this nation apart.” “For those who say bipartisanship is impossible, we have proven them wrong,” Manchin said, citing the recent infrastructure bill he helped pass into law. “We can do it again. ... We can make it easier to vote.” Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus walked across the Capitol building for the proceedings. “We want this Senate to act today in a favorable way. But if it don’t, we ain’t giving up,” said Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., the highest-ranking Black member of Congress. Manchin did open the door to a more tailored package of voting law changes, including to the Electoral Count Act, which was tested during the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the Capitol. He said senators from both parties are working on that and it could draw Republican support. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said a bipartisan coalition should work on legislation to ensure voter access, particularly in far-flung areas like her state, and to shore up Americans’ faith in democracy. “We don’t need, we do not need a repeat of 2020 when by all accounts our last president, having lost the election, sought to change the results,” said Murkowski. She said the Senate debate had declined to a troubling state: “You’re either a racist or a hypocrite. Really, really? Is that where we are?” Once reluctant himself to change Senate rules, Biden has stepped up his pressure on senators to do just that. But the push from the White House, including Biden’s blistering speech last week in Atlanta comparing opponents to segregationists , is seen as too late. At one point Democratic senators huddled in the cloakroom, in deep discussion with Manchin. Sinema sat in her chair throughout the debate, largely glued to her phone. ___ Associated Press writers Farnoush Amiri and Brian Slodysko contributed to this report. ___ This story has been corrected to show the name of the act tested by Jan. 6 events is the Electoral Count Act, not the Electoral College Act. AP NEWS