"Are we going to let reactionary state legislatures drag us back into the muck of voter suppression?"
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell accused the Democrats of a "power grab", and said the legislation would permit them to "take a red pen to election laws in each of the 50 states neutering voting ID laws and ballot harvesting".
Schumer launched a similar attack on Trump on Monday, taking to the Senate floor to call him "despicable" for spreading the "big lie" that he did not legitimately lose the 2020 election. Judges have dismissed related challenges from Trump and his allies.
But Republicans said the package was a federal power grab against the authority of individual USA states to ensure the integrity of their own elections, designed purely to benefit Democrats. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., joined Republican colleagues in opposition. The court in coming days could further weaken the Voting Rights Act in a ruling on voting restrictions in Arizona.
Capito has voiced issues with the proposal, noting the possible effect on voting by deployed military members and the provision allowing the public financing of campaigns.
The GOP, Schumer said Tuesday, doesn't "even want to debate it because they're afraid".
The Democrats' sweeping elections bill is still expected to die within hours.
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That's still almost double the province's pre-pandemic ICU capacity of 72 patients, the spokesperson said. There are now 273 Manitobans hospitalized with COVID-19 in Manitoba and neighbouring provinces.
"Abolish the filibuster so we can do the people's work", tweeted left-wing Democratic congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, of MA, before the vote. "And if that fails, then the Democrats are going to have to talk about what the next path forward is", said Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren ahead of the vote.
Manchin, one of the last Democrat holdouts on the bill, has remained indecisive on his support. To pass the bill, 10 Republican senators would need to cross party lines to provide the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster and begin debate. House Republicans adjourned until Thursday, while the Senate pressed on the budget.
Its key provisions, however, rightly sought to enhance democracy and shore up the right to vote.
The measure would also limit states' ability to remove people from voter rolls and increase federal funds for election security. "We've got to come together. That's not how democracy works", she said.
What the liberals hoped for, however, was that an intensive, ultimately unsuccessful lobbying effort would pave the way for reforming the Senate rules.
The House of Representatives passed its version of the For the People Act in March.