Senate Republicans Use Filibuster to Block Democrat-Backed Voting Bill

  • Senate Republicans Use Filibuster to Block Democrat-Backed Voting Bill

Senate Republicans Use Filibuster to Block Democrat-Backed Voting Bill

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private remarks.

Last week, 21 Republicans voted against giving medals of honor to Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police to thank them for their service that day.

The select committee which Pelosi is creating to investigate the attack on the Capitol does not require Republican support to establish.

Pelosi has been weighing up several options for an inquiry, amid Democrat determination not to let the incident fade into the background.

During the Senate session, Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the vote. She said then that she was considering a select committee or having an existing committee conduct the investigation.

Trump supporters fought running battles with riot police.

The rioters brutally beat police and broke in through windows and doors as they hunted for lawmakers and called for Trump's defeat to be overturned.

Later Tuesday, Senate Democrats are expected try to pass a voting-rights overhaul that President Joe Biden has identified as critical to his agenda. "We certainly hope that will be the case tomorrow", Psaki said.

The bill would revamp campaign finance laws, create automatic voter registration, expand access to early and absentee voting, and override state laws that, according to critics, will make it harder for minorities to vote.

One of the sources said Pelosi indicated she believes a regular standing committee of several dozen members just would not work, and notes the House has already given the Senate several weeks to get a bill on an independent commission passed and that has not happened. "It doesn't address every problem, and I want to also be clear, Republicans in Congress, in the Senate have every right to offer their own proposals for making sure that our voting system is fair and secure and inclusive, and for making sure that on a bipartisan basis, we can give all Americans confidence that the election process is run the way it's supposed to run", Obama continued on the call.

Still, six in McConnell's caucus defied him, arguing that an independent look was needed, and Pennsylvania's Pat Toomey would have brought the total to seven but for a family commitment, his office said.

"Congressional action on federal voting rights legislation must be the result of both Democrats and Republicans coming together to find a pathway forward or we risk further dividing and destroying the republic we swore to protect and defend as elected officials", the proposal said. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Rob Portman of OH and Mitt Romney of Utah.

The Democrats' sweeping elections bill is still expected to die within hours.