Congress is back at square one on voting rights and election reform.
Congressional Democrats are trudging back to the drawing board to revive both President Joe Biden’s stalled social spending package and the party’s election reform push.
Late Wednesday night, all 50 Senate Republicans blocked a debate on The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act, a sweeping Democratic voting rights bill. Shortly after, they were joined by two of their Democratic colleagues — Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema — in voting down changes to the Senate filibuster, the bill’s final nail in the coffin.
If nothing else, Wednesday night’s failed votes definitively proved that all voting rights and election reform legislation will need 60 votes to pass in the Senate.
Progressive lawmakers and the Congressional Black Caucus remain committed to getting back to work on passing comprehensive voting rights protections.