House to vote on combined election bill

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  2 weeks ago  •  16 comments

By:   Juliegrace Brufke (New York Post)

House to vote on combined election bill
The complex effort is certain to fail due to opposition by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) to changing the filibuster rule.

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Congressional Democrats will begin a futile bid to jam sweeping election reform through the Senate and alter its 60-vote legislative filibuster later Thursday when the House votes on a bill merging two separate voting measures.

The complex effort is certain to fail due to opposition by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) to changing the filibuster rule — and a new memo from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) suggests a promised showdown vote may not happen at all.

Democrats have opted to use an unrelated bill extending NASA's property leasing authority as the vehicle to send both the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act to the Senate.

The newly constructed measure cleared two procedural votes in the House along party lines late Wednesday and a vote on final passage is expected at midmorning Thursday.

Because the original bill was already passed by the House and Senate, Schumer does not need 60 votes to open debate on the election proposals. Republicans repeatedly blocked debate in the 50-50 Senate on both the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act last year and none are expected to support cloture when Schumer moves to end debate.

"With this procedure, we will finally have an opportunity to debate voting rights legislation — something that Republicans have thus far denied," Schumer told his colleagues in a memo laying out his plan Wednesday evening. "Of course, to ultimately end debate and pass the voting rights legislation, we will need 10 Republicans to join us — which we know from past experience will not happen — or we will need to change the Senate rules as has been done many times before."

A new memo from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer suggests a promised showdown vote may not happen at all. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Schumer vowed earlier this month to bring rule change legislation up for a vote by Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, if the voting bills did not pass. However, in the face of Manchin and Sinema's steadfast support for the filibuster, Senate leadership may opt to forgo a vote on rule changes and be content with a lengthy debate on the topic.

Senate Democratic leadership opted to pivot to election reform after the push to pass a sweeping social spending measure hit a wall last month, with Manchin voicing opposition to multiple provisions in President Biden's $2 trillion Build Back Better bill.

The Freedom to Vote Act would unwind a number of restrictions put in place by some states — allowing for same-day voter registration, permitting no-excuse mail voting, preventing states from requiring a photo ID to vote, allowing for felons to vote in all states, changing the rules surrounding congressional redistricting, requiring super PACs and so-called "dark money groups" to disclose all donors contributing over $10,000.

The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would undo court rulings that weakened the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by requiring certain states to receive federal preclearance before enacting redistricting plans or new voting laws.

Democrats have cited the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot and the new state voting laws as examples of the GOP attempting to disenfranchise voters. Republicans have rejected the accusations, arguing that Democrats' push to pass the legislation represents unconstitutional partisan overreach.

GOP critics argue that strong protections for minority voters remain in place under the Voting Rights Act and have called instead for the Senate to move on a bill to reform the Electoral Count Act to clarify Congress' role in certifying elections.

Biden is expected to huddle with Senate Democrats on Thursday afternoon, a couple of hours after the House vote, as he ramps up pressure on Manchin and Sinema to get on board with passing the legislation with a simple majority.


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Vic Eldred
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1  seeder  Vic Eldred    2 weeks ago

Why pursue this obvious power grab?

Because Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and other Democrat leaders are scared to lose congressional seats in the 2022 midterms, so they want to initiate a radical federal takeover of our nation’s elections.

Yet lose they will!

 
 
 
JBB
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2  JBB    2 weeks ago

I think it is smart to get the gop on the record voting against sensible needed reform Americans support.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  JBB @2    2 weeks ago

Is that the reason or is it fundraising off the radical left?

 
 
 
evilgenius
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2.1.1  evilgenius  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1    2 weeks ago
Is that the reason or is it fundraising off the radical left?

Of course they are fundraising off it - so is the radical right. It's all Congress knows how to do these days is press conferences and fundraising. Considering the current electorate I don't expect much else since all we seem to have these days are partisan cheering sections on both sides.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  evilgenius @2.1.1    2 weeks ago

When will congress begin campaigning for the midterms?

The month please?

 
 
 
evilgenius
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2.1.3  evilgenius  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.2    2 weeks ago
When will congress begin campaigning for the midterms?

Since I get fundraising texts & email constantly from both Dems & Reps I don't think they ever stop.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1.4  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  evilgenius @2.1.3    2 weeks ago

I get that. I'm asking when they will stop their duties as legislators to go on the campaign trail?

What month do you think?

 
 
 
evilgenius
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2.1.5  evilgenius  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.4    2 weeks ago
I'm asking when they will stop their duties as legislators to go on the campaign trail?

The Iowa Caucus is on February 7th this year. That's the official start of the 2022 campaign trail. I'm asking you, when will they stop fundraising and start doing their duty as legislators? Partisans keep heaping attention on Presidents for things like immigration when it's a problem ONLY Congress can solve. I'm thinking Congressional disfunction makes more in fundraising than solving big issues.

 
 
 
Ronin2
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2.1.6  Ronin2  replied to  evilgenius @2.1.5    2 weeks ago
Partisans keep heaping attention on Presidents for things like immigration when it's a problem ONLY Congress can solve.

The President can enforce US immigration laws. That would take care of a very large part of the problem. Biden doesn't care to enforce them; and it is showing up every month on our southern border.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1.7  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  evilgenius @2.1.5    2 weeks ago
The Iowa Caucus is on February 7th this year. That's the official start of the 2022 campaign trail. I'm asking you, when will they stop fundraising and start doing their duty as legislators?

That's a $100 question. The country is very divided and you mark Feb 7th as the beginning of the 2022 campaign. You know what that means? Any legislation they want to get done has less than a month to go.


Partisans keep heaping attention on Presidents for things like immigration when it's a problem ONLY Congress can solve.

I think Donald Trump discovered some very good solutions starting with the remain-in-Mexico policy. Enforcing the law really doesn't require any more legislation.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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2.2  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  JBB @2    2 weeks ago

Except there is, here and with immigration law, no reason for any reform. Period.

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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2.3  Greg Jones  replied to  JBB @2    2 weeks ago

What's sensible about the Federal government controlling every aspect of state and local elections?

 
 
 
JBB
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2.3.1  JBB  replied to  Greg Jones @2.3    2 weeks ago

Consistently, fairness and equality under the law.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3  seeder  Vic Eldred    2 weeks ago

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JBB
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3.1  JBB  replied to  Vic Eldred @3    2 weeks ago

Good...

 
 
 
Texan1211
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4  Texan1211    2 weeks ago

Another sleazy trick by Democrats.

Another fiasco for Democrats.

When will Pelosi and Schumer get honest with themselves, their own party, and America about what they are trying to pull here?

Democrats are saying that democracy is at stake, that elections are at risk.

Just last year--hell, THIS year---they were saying how safe the election which Biden won was. No fraud, no nothing.

But that all magically changed seemingly overnight.

 
 

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