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Senate Blocks Democrats’ Election ‘Power Grab’ Bill

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Senate Republicans blocked a signature Democrat election bill that would radically transform America’s electoral system and grant the federal government more control over the country’s elections.

The Senate voted 50-50, failing to meet the 60-vote threshold needed to advance the debate on S. 1, the For the People Act. This prevents the Senate from voting on the legislation.

The legislation would federalize America’s electoral system, which has drawn strong opposition from Republicans.

Among other things, the legislation would:

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said ahead of the vote that “reactionary” state legislatures’ election integrity bills amounts to “voter suppression:”

Schumer on voting bill: Are we had a backslide here in the 21st century? Are we going to let reactionary state legislatures drag us back into the muck of voter suppression? Are we going to let the most dishonest president in history continue to poison our democracy

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on the Senate floor ahead of the vote that the legislation would serve as a Democrat “power grab.”

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said in a statement ahead of the vote:

The ‘For the People Act’ is another Orwellian-named bill that has nothing to do with voting rights but everything to do with consolidating Democrat control over government and our lives. Republicans want to restore confidence in our elections by making it easy to vote but hard to cheat. It seems like Democrats primarily want to make it easier to cheat. Why else would they propose eliminating voter ID laws… (Read more)

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