Manchin’s Compromise Voting Rights Bill Gets Zero Support From GOP Senators

Senate Republicans filibustered a voting rights invoice that was meant to be a compromised model of earlier voting rights laws proposed by Democrats — and which Sen. Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat from West Virginia, has stated would get at the least some GOP help.

All 50 Republicans in the Senate voted to filibuster the bill, successfully ending its prospects of being handed within the “higher chamber” of Congress. With a view to get the invoice previous a Senate filibuster, at the least 10 Republican votes are required.

The invoice sought to deal with the slew of anti-voting rights laws being handed in Republican-controlled states throughout the nation. Many GOP state lawmakers have been proposing restrictive laws to deal with false claims that election fraud affected final yr’s presidential race, a lie continuously purported by former President Donald Trump and his allies, despite proof that proves in any other case.

“Throughout the nation, the large lie — the large lie — has unfold like a most cancers,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said earlier than the vote on Wednesday. “The Freedom to Vote Act would offer lengthy overdue cures for all these issues.”

The filibuster has blocked quite a lot of payments that have been a part of President Joe Biden’s agenda this yr, and critics have questioned how Manchin can proceed to place his help within the archaic rule. If filibuster guidelines stay intact with out modifications of any variety, it’s unlikely {that a} invoice defending voting rights shall be handed by this session of Congress.

Manchin has beforehand voiced opposition to the For the Folks Act, a extra expansive voting rights invoice which went past lots of the proposals within the invoice voted down on Wednesday. Manchin justified this by saying that selling a compromise invoice would appeal to bipartisan help.

“Can somebody please ask @Sen_JoeManchin what occurred to 10 Republicans he promised would help Freedom to Vote Act & how he plans to move his voting rights invoice with out altering filibuster guidelines?” investigative journalist Ari Berman tweeted after the Senate vote blocking the laws.

“Reminder: Manchin had all of September to try to deliver Republicans alongside on this invoice,” said Leah Greenberg, co-executive director of the progressive advocacy group Indivisible. “He couldn’t get a single one. That’s as a result of the filibuster doesn’t encourage compromise – it encourages obstruction. And it has to go.”

Polling reveals {that a} majority of voters help altering filibuster procedures if it means a voting rights invoice shall be handed. A Vox/Data for Progress poll from March, as an example, discovered that 52 p.c of respondents supported altering filibuster guidelines to move the For the Folks Act, whereas solely 37 p.c stated they opposed doing so.

However Manchin is unwavering in his opposition to altering the filibuster; he has stated he would “by no means” conform to remove the 60-vote threshold that’s presently in place.

Earlier this yr, Manchin mentioned the subject of the filibuster with reporters. As Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) confused the necessity to finish the Senate rule, Manchin yelled at reporters that he would by no means conform to the change, shouting, “Jesus Christ! What don’t you perceive about by no means?”