Senate Advances Sweeping Election Reform Bill in Partisan Vote

The U.S. Senate voted early Wednesday morning along party lines to advance a sweeping election reform bill that would give the federal government power over states and nationalize voting laws. Democrats voted 50 to 49 to discharge the voting rights legislation, S.1, For the People Act of 2021, from the Rules Committee for future floor debate. The Senate will adjourn on Thursday but will gather on Monday, September 13, and begin further consideration of S.1. After passing their $3.5 trillion dollar reconciliation package late Tuesday night also along party lines, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced a motion to advance S.1, The For The People Act of 2021, from the rules committee to the Senate floor. Schumer said it was his “intention that the first amendment to the bill would be the text of a compromise bill that a group of senators is working on.” Then, referring to states’ …

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