The House passed voting rights legislation on Thursday in a way that is intended to set up a battle in the Senate over that issue as well as the filibuster.
The measure passed in a 220-203 party-line vote….
This maybe just an exercise in futility since Democrats do NOT the votes in the Senate….
Don’t have the votes to agree to set aside the filibuster there either….
It is a Democratic Party in Congress that seems to be unable to help itself against Republican efforts to suppress voting and co-op election system across the country .
The House plans to take up and advance a consolidated election and voting rights bill on Thursday in order to allow the Senate to give it “urgent consideration,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Wednesday evening.
“Under the steady leadership of Chairman Jim McGovern, the House Rules Committee will meet tonight to prepare legislation for the Floor that combines key provisions of two crucial bills: the Senate’s Freedom to Vote Act and the House’s John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act,” Pelosi wrote in a “Dear Colleague” letter on Wednesday.
“After the meeting concludes, the House will convene tonight to pass the Rule for this legislation. Tomorrow, the House will pass the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act and send it to the Senate for consideration,” she added.
Democratic leaders are pressing ahead in their quest to advance the voting legislation after President Biden delivered a speech in Georgia on Tuesday in which he sought to raise pressure on Senate Democrats to change the chamber’s rules in order to pass the bills.
Democrats do not have the 60 votes currently needed to advance the legislation and bypass the Senate filibuster. Two Democrats — Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (W.Va.) — have broadly said they do not support getting rid of the legislative rule.
“President Biden made it crystal clear that the Senate must find a path forward to enshrine critical voting rights legislation into law. Tonight, to defend our democracy, House Democrats will take a step to send the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act to the Senate for urgent consideration,” Pelosi said….
The story that Manchin and Sinema do not want to get ‘rid’ of the filibuster rule is bull shit….
BOTH parties have set the US Senate rule ‘aside’ when they want to…..