Washington — On Tuesday, the Senate Democrats were simplified with the support of both progressive and centrists to present a united front against Republican deep resistance to new legislation that sets national election standards. Propose a voting right bill.
The bill is the result of weeks of intra-party negotiations supervised by New York Democrat and leader Chuck Schumer, and builds on principles advocated by West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin III. it was done. A drastic law called For The People Act. Still, like that measure, it faces a sudden conflict in the Senate. There, it is unlikely that Republicans will persuade them to withdraw their opposition to legislation, which they claim is a terrible overkill for their party and an existential threat.
A new bill, called the Freedom of Voting Act, removes some controversial elements of its first bill, such as the reorganization of the Federal Election Commission. Since the 2020 elections, the focus has been on ensuring access to ballots after the Republican legislature has enacted new voting restrictions nationwide. And it sets national voter identification criteria — what many Democrats are fiercely opposed to — but much less burdensome than some states have tried to impose, and voters have a variety of papers. Identification cards and documents can meet your requirements and digital forms.
The revised bill will also require the state to allow at least 15 days of early voting, including two weekends. Allows all voters to request voting by mail. Establish a new automatic voter registration program to make election days a national holiday. The law will require states to comply with certain standards when drawing new parliamentary district lines, forcing donor disclosure to so-called dark money groups.
“After the 2020 elections, which were voted by more Americans than ever before, there were unprecedented attacks on democracy in states across the country,” said Minnesota, who heads the rules committee responsible for election monitoring. State Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar said. “These attacks require immediate federal response.”
Manchin opposed the original law and provided elements of the voting bill he upheld, with Klobuchar and Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Tim Kaine of Virginia, Jon Tester of Montana, and Alex.・ Prompted negotiations between Padilla. Raphael Warnock in California and Georgia. Senator Angus King, who became independent of Maine, also participated.
The Democrats supported the deal, but also realized that it was very unlikely that they would get enough Republican support to break the filibuster. That is, legislation may pass. Republicans have already blocked discussions on the voting bill two times ago.
“We have to be honest about the facts,” Schumer said on Monday as he tried to break the deadlock again next week. “The Republican-led democratic war has only worsened in the last few weeks.”
Despite his support for the bill, Mr Manchin has repeatedly refused to abolish filibuster, but has also expressed willingness to accept some changes. Schumer said Monday that Manchin was reaching out to convince Republicans to support the new version of the voting rights bill.
Democrats want to continue Republican opposition to the measures Manchin is currently investing in. A condition that allows one of the lead authors to ease opposition to filibuster and take steps they consider important to counter the new Republican-led voting restrictions.
Mr Manchin did not mention filibuster in a statement strongly supporting the new proposal.
“Voting rights are the cornerstone of our democracy, and the Freedom of Voting Act is a step in the right direction to protect that right for all Americans,” Manchin said. “As elected civil servants, we also have an obligation to restore people’s confidence in democracy. We believe that the common-sense provisions of this bill do it like a flexible voter ID requirement.”