The House of Representatives passed voting rights legislation teeing up an intense battle in the Senate. The House passed the bill along party lines 220-203.
The Hill reports:
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has vowed to put the measure to a vote in the coming days before the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in a bid to highlight state laws approved by GOP-dominated state governments that Democrats say will make it more difficult for their supporters — including minority voters — to vote.
“Nothing less is at stake than our democracy,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
The manner in which the legislation was approved allows Schumer to bring it straight to the floor. But Democrats would need 60 votes — including 10 GOP votes — to get it to President Biden‘s desk given the filibuster.
The sweeping legislation would establish federal standards for voting access, including allowing for same-day voter registration; establishing Election Day as a legal public holiday; requiring states to allow a minimum number of days for early voting; and allowing people to vote absentee by mail for any reason.
House Democrats passed the legislation last year but the measure was paused by a GOP filibuster in the evenly divided 50-50 Senate.
However, moderate Democrat Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have previously opposed making changes to the filibuster that would allow the voting rights measure to sidestep the procedural hurdle and be approved on a majority vote. It’s not clear if they plan to stick to previous comments or will join their Democrat colleagues