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Senate Republicans block Dems´ sweeping elections reform bill

Washington, Jun 23 (Prensa Latina) Senate Republican on Tuesday blocked Democrats´ sweeping elections and ethics reform bill, renewing calls from progressives to nix the legislative filibuster. In a 50-50 vote, the Senate failed to move forward on the proposal (called ¨For the People Act¨), that is, below 60 votes necessary to be analyzed in the Senate.

The sweeping elections reform bill is aimed at protecting the right to vote and compensate for the actions rolled out in recent months by GOPers in manifold states so as to restrict certain sectors of society to go to the polls.

Upon hearing the news, President Joe Biden issued a statement in which he attacked ‘the solid Republican wall’ that prevents ‘considering legislation to protect the right to vote and democracy.’

Biden pointed out that the fight is far from being over and assured that the negotiations will continue next week redoubling efforts to get the approval.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer regretted that his opponents did not even dare to debate because they are afraid.

‘They want to deny the right to vote, they want to make it more difficult for so many Americans to vote,’ Schumer told NBC.

Congressman Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader, said the Senate is a necessary obstacle when ‘the policy is flawed and the process is rotten,’ noted The Hill newspaper.

The proposal the GOPers declined to debate is seen by its advocates as top priority legislation after the 2020 elections, as states impose restrictive new laws to hinder access to the polls.

The provision would establish national voting standards, change the composition of the Federal Elections Commission, review campaign finance, and establish new rules on the redistricting of electoral districts.

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