Elections Bills, Filibuster Changes Blocked in Senate

Majority falls short of getting enough votes. 

Changes to filibuster rules that would have paved the way for passing legislation on voting were blocked in the Senate. On Wednesday, the late night session began with the Senate voting on whether to end debate on the voting bills, a move that failed to get the 60 votes necessary to move the bill forward. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York then brought up a vote on a rules change to move the legislation forward with a one-time exception, which was opposed by minority members and two from his own party. 

Senator Schumer said, “Senators voted to preserve an arcane Senate procedure rather than secure that fundamental freedom. The American people will not forget this moment. Neither will history.” 

After the votes, President Biden stated,”I am disappointed — but I am not deterred.” He continued, “My Administration will never stop fighting to ensure that the heart and soul of our democracy — the right to vote — is protected at all costs. We will continue to work with allies to advance necessary legislation to protect the right to vote. And to push for Senate procedural changes that will protect the fundamental right to vote.” 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said it was “perhaps the most important day in the history of the Senate,” and that if things had gone the other way it would “break” the Senate.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For members of the Senate as they face deep divisions in their chamber as well as those among the American public. 
  • For wisdom for legislators as they consider and deliberate voting rights and election reform bills. 
  • For federal, state, and local officials to protect the integrity of this year’s elections. 

Sources: CBS News, Washington Examiner 


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