Mitch McConnell Opposes Voting Measure Sought By Joe Manchin
Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) got here out in opposition to the John Lewis Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, dealing an enormous blow to a compromise voting measure sought by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).
Manchin has irked his fellow Democratic colleagues over his opposition to the “For the Individuals Act,” a bundle of sweeping voting and ethics reforms that Democrats have described as key to the survival of democracy. Federal voting modifications, Manchin has argued, needs to be performed on a bipartisan foundation to instill confidence in elections.
As an alternative, Manchin desires Congress to go the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, one other Democratic measure that’s backed by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). That laws, named after the late civil rights legend and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), is extra narrowly tailor-made and would, in principle, tackle GOP efforts to limit voting entry on the state degree.
Particularly, the invoice would restore the supply of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 struck down by the Supreme Court docket in 2013 that required states with a historical past of discrimination to clear any proposed voting modifications on the state degree with the federal authorities.
However as McConnell demonstrated on Tuesday, Republicans aren’t prone to assist restoring that provision, that means Manchin’s most well-liked different on voting rights can be lifeless on arrival within the Senate.
“There’s no menace to the voting rights legislation. It’s in opposition to the legislation to discriminate in voting on the premise of race already,” the Kentucky Republican mentioned Tuesday at a weekly press convention when requested in regards to the laws.
No different Republican has expressed assist for the invoice aside from Murkowski. It will want a minimum of 9 different GOP senators to advance within the Senate.
Manchin’s opposition to the For the Individuals Act has left Democrats scrambling to determine a path ahead on voting rights as extra GOP-led states transfer to go partisan voting modifications forward of the 2022 midterm elections. Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has vowed to carry a vote on the invoice later this month, however with out all 50 members of his caucus on board, it could not even advance to the ground.
Schumer informed reporters on Tuesday that Democrats might make modifications to the For the Individuals Act to handle Manchin’s issues. Manchin is predicted to put out his objections to the invoice this week.
Manchin’s place on the invoice is unchanged even after assembly with high-profile civil rights leaders who pressed him to assist the laws earlier on Tuesday. The senator referred to as the assembly “very superb,” “respectful” and “informative,” however appeared unswayed by the group’s arguments.
“I’m very a lot involved about our democracy, defending individuals’s voting rights and ensuring that’s performed and ensuring we all know how fragile we’re as a rustic,” Manchin mentioned after the assembly.
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