WASHINGTON DC – A Democratic-led reform of the electoral system is expected to fail even on a trial vote in the Senate.
The roughly 900-page draft law touches on a crucial issue related to civil rights in the United States, especially after the 2020 presidential elections and new state laws that make it difficult for certain people to vote.
Republicans in the Senate are united against the legislation, which needs 60 votes in favor to pass. In fact, Republicans are not even willing to vote in favor of debating the bill.
“For the People Act,” as the draft is called, is part of a plan by President Joe Biden to make voting more accessible to Americans. The bill changes certain electoral rules to make the voting process easier and includes changes to the filibustering process in Congress whereby legislators can delay or block voting on a law.
Republican leader Mitch McConnell called the proposal “disastrous”.