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Senate GOP to Filibuster Voting Rights Legislation, Reject Sen. Manchin Compromise Bill

HeadlineJun 18, 2021

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled Thursday Republicans will use the filibuster to block the For the People Act, a sweeping bill to restore protections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which was gutted by the Supreme Court in 2013. McConnell’s pledge came as Senate Republicans rejected a compromise offer of a watered-down voting bill offered by West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin. Senator Manchin and Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema have refused calls from within their party to eliminate the filibuster in order to pass voting rights legislation, an infrastructure bill to combat catastrophic climate change, and other priorities of the Biden administration.

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