House Democrats don't show up, blocking Arizona budget vote

Marco Green
Июня 23, 2021

The bill was co-sponsored by every Democrat except Sen.

Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., as an alternative to the landmark election reform bill set for a key vote in the Senate Tuesday, including some changes other Democrats on Capitol Hill have opposed. It doesn't have the support to advanceover a procedural hurdle that would allow the legislation to come up for a debate.

Chuck Schumer, the Senate majority leader, said afterwards: "The Republican party has just launched a partisan blockade of a pressing issue here in the United States Senate".

During the Senate session, Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the vote.

House Democratic Leader Reginald Bolding says Democrats and the public need more time to review proposed changes Republicans released shortly before the budget debate was scheduled to begin. Kyrsten Sinema at the White House on Monday, after which he said he still had questions about their bipartisan infrastructure proposal.

Ticking off the provisions in the For the People Act he approves of, Obama said, "It would mandate at least 15 days of early voting before elections".

In addition to accusing Democrats of a power play, Republicans have claimed that Democratic election bills are an attempt to "federalize" elections.

"The Senate is no obstacle to voting laws done the right way", and "the Senate is only an obstacle when the policy is flawed and the process is rotten".

But Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, called the legislation a "radical proposal" created to "rig" the rules of American elections permanently in the Democrats' favour.

While speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday morning, Schumer criticized the GOP and alleged former President Donald Trump's claims about the November 3 election "threatens to envelop one of America's major political parties".

Prior to the vote, Biden also wrote on Twitter: "We can't sit idly by while democracy is in peril-here, in America". That was an unfair, even outrageous, characterization of the Democrats' proposal, the ambitious For the People Act, not to mention an exercise in projection. "Send it to my desk".

Republicans weren't willing even to debate the bill, or offer amendments. More than three dozen Republicans in the House and seven Senate Republicans said they wanted to avoid a partisan probe, and they supported the legislation to form a commission, which would have been modeled after a similar panel that investigated the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Previously, the senator said that he wouldn't back the bill because it would lack GOP support. He also proposed making election day a holiday and, in a gesture to Republicans, requiring that voters supply identification (but not necessarily photo ID). But Pelosi later denied that, telling reporters, "No, I did not make that announcement".

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