On Wednesday, Senate Republicans torpedoed two efforts from Democrats to advance their agenda. First, Democrats failed to change Senate filibuster rules which then led to Republicans striking down voting rights legislation in the upper chamber.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Democrats argued that despite their own past opposition to changing or ending the filibuster, an “adjustment” was necessary in order to ensure passage of the two election bills.
The legislation would roll back red-state voter integrity laws and expand federal oversight of election and voting district changes in some states.
Republicans blocked the election overhaul bill with the filibuster earlier Wednesday evening, prompting Democrats to embark on their attempt to change the rule.
Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent who votes with the Democrats, accused the GOP of using the filibuster for “stone-cold obstruction” rather than to achieve bipartisan legislation on the voting measure.
Republicans unanimously voted to strike down Democrats’ voting measure, arguing it will federalize elections and impact voter integrity.
Moderate Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema voted against changing filibuster rules.