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Biden Anger As All Senate Republicans Vote No On Debating Voting Bill

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Joe Biden on Tuesday night accused Republicans of supporting ‘a Jim Crow era in the 21st Century’ after every single Republican in the Senate voted against an electoral overhaul bill.

In a Senate test vote on Tuesday, Democrats failed to get the For The People Act through. Republicans had said it was a federal takeover of voting.

The vote was straight down the middle by party line – 50 Democrats for and 50 Republicans against.

‘A Democratic stand to protect our democracy met a solid Republican wall of opposition,’ Biden said.

‘Senate Republicans opposed even a debate — even considering — legislation to protect the right to vote and our democracy.’

He described their vote as ‘the suppression of a bill to end voter suppression — another attack on voting rights that is sadly not unprecedented.’

Republicans labelled the bill a ‘power grab’ and a bid to orchestrate the ‘federal takeover of elections’.

But Biden told them the fight was just beginning.

‘The creed “We Shall Overcome” is a longtime mainstay of the Civil Rights Movement,’ he said in a statement.

‘By coming together, Democrats took the next step forward in this continuous struggle — not just on Capitol Hill, but across the country — and a step forward to honor all those who came before us, people of all races and ages, who sacrificed and died to protect this sacred right.

‘This fight is far from over — far from over.

‘I’ve been engaged in this work my whole career, and we are going to be ramping up our efforts to overcome again — for the people, for our very democracy.’

Kamala Harris, his vice president, had earlier insisted: ‘The fight is not over.’

She said: ‘It is clear, certainly for the American people, that when we talk about the right to vote it is not a Republican concern or a Democratic concern – it is an American concern.

‘This is about the American people’s right to vote, unfettered. It is about their access to the right to vote, in a meaningful way.

‘The issue here is: is there actually access to the voting process, or is that being impeded.’

She said that she and Biden had been ‘very clear’ that they back the bill.

All 50 Democrats voted in favor, including key swings Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema. And all 50 Republicans voted against beginning debate on a revised ‘For the People Act.’

‘Today every single Democratic senator stood together in the fight to protect the right to vote in America,’ Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said after the vote, also vowing to explore ‘every last one of our options.’

‘Voter suppression has become part of the official platform of the Republican Party’, he added, and attacked Donald Trump’s ‘big lie’ on election fraud.

Harris, on the Hill to make another tie-breaking vote, stayed on the Capitol and chaired the debate and vote.

She has been tasked by Biden to lead the administration’s voting rights push.

Tuesday’s result was a foregone conclusion with party leaders digging in on the legislation that would have been the basis of the sweeping voting reforms.

It was a bid to counteract Republican voter overhaul bills across the country that Biden has compared to Jim Crow-era laws.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized the proposal, calling it a ‘transparently partisan’ effort that shows the left’s ‘disdain’ for Americans.

‘Many Democrats would pass [H. R.1] with the slimmest possible majority, even after its companion faced bipartisan opposition over in the House,’ McConnell said from the Senate floor Tuesday.

‘What a craven political calculation. What a way to show your disdain for the American people’s choices,’ the Kentucky Republican added.

GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham called it ‘the biggest power-grab in modern American history.’

For two days straight, Schumer used the coming vote as a way to bash former President Donald Trump.

‘Donald Trump, fresh off a resounding loss in the 2020 presidential election, cried foul and lied — lied — that the election was stolen from him, like a petulant child,’ the New York Democrat said.

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