Senate Democrats Fail To Change Filibuster Rules
Senate Democrats’ efforts to change the filibuster and pass new voting rights legislation has failed.
Republican opposition, and opposition from two Democratic senators, couldn’t be overcome.
Late Wednesday night, all 50 Republicans voted no on the voting legislation.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer changed his vote from a yes so the bills could be debated again.
Then the discussion turned to a showdown over getting rid of the filibuster, a Senate rule that requires 60 votes to pass major legislation.
All Republicans and two Democrats, Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, voted against any changes that would allow a voting rights bill to pass with a simple majority.
President Biden says he may take executive action on voting rights and has already expanded enforcement through the justice department.