Senate Republicans just did it again.
The Epoch Times reports that Republicans in the U.S. Senate have put a stop to a Democrat-sponsored election reform bill for the third time this year.
With a vote that came down 49 to 51, Democrats’ so-called Freedom to Vote Act failed to overcome the Senate filibuster, which essentially forces bills to garner 60 votes to pass the upper chamber. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), although a proponent of the bill, voted against the measure so as to leave it open for another vote in the future, according to reports.
The latest vote on the legislation stopped it from even being debated on the Senate floor, The Epoch Times said.
Dems fall short
The “Freedom to Vote Act” is one of several election reform bills that congressional Democrats have been trying to push through Congress.
According to The Epoch Times, the bill “would have created new requirements for groups to disclose information about their donors, named Election Day a national holiday, and created federal standards for voting by mail, early voting, and voter ID.”
Congressional Democrats believe such a measure is a necessary response to election integrity laws passed in Republican-led states in the wake of the 2020 election. Those in the GOP say these laws are necessary to sure up Americans’ faith in their electoral system, but Dems say they’re somehow secretly aimed at disenfranchising voters.
Republicans, however, see congressional Democrats’ election reform measures as attempts by the federal government to usurp states’ abilities to set their own election laws. They also argue that the legislation would make a lot of what we saw in 2020 the norm and that the result would be chaos.
Although the “Freedom to Vote Act” didn’t get anywhere, Democrats have several more election “reform” bills in tow, including the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which Schumer is expected to bring to the Senate floor soon, according to reports.
A point of concern
Of course, as Senate Republicans continue to use the filibuster to block bills like these, there is growing concern in some circles that such moves will embolden the Democrats to do away with the filibuster procedure completely, opting instead for a simple majority vote, where they have a slight upper hand in the form of a tie-breaker: Vice President Kamala Harris.
Whether their efforts will succeed depends on the likes of Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Krysten Sinema (D-AZ). Manchin, in particular, has vowed to keep the filibuster in the upper chamber, which is one of the main reasons why the Democrats have not already gotten rid of it.
But only time will tell if he stands his ground.