Senate Republicans blocked a signature Democrat election bill that would radically transform America's electoral system and grant the federal government more control over the country's elections.
Democrats are bracing for defeat on their sweeping elections bill. The For the People Act, which passed the House in March, is dividing Washington.
Democrats and the establishment media were crushed Tuesday by Senate Republicans' filibuster of a bill that would hand the federal government control of local elections by canceling voter ID and funding political campaigns with tax money.
West Virginia senator also reiterates his opposition to reforming filibuster
The bill, known as the For the People Act, would touch on virtually every aspect of how elections are conducted.
Democrats know their massive bill to rewrite the county's election laws has almost no chance of passing Congress this year, despite forcing a Senate vote on it Tuesday, said a Senate Democratic aide. The bill, which is congressional Democrats' top priority and thereby designated H.R. 1, is expected to die
While many lawmakers and liberal activists insist the fight is not over, they face long odds as key Democrats remain unwilling to change Senate rules to advance voting legislation.
Senate Democrats are on track to suffer a stinging defeat Tuesday with Republican opposition expected to sink a voting and election bill that Democrats have made a signature priority, an outcome that will underscore the limits of the party's power with the narrowest possible Senate majority.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed the Democrats' election takeover bill, known as the For the People Act, which he called the "single most dangerous piece of legislation" in Congress during the Senate Republican press conference on elections and voting rights legislation.
Nevada Democrat Jacky Rosen is bent on being bipartisan in a Washington that is anything but.
Backers of the For the People bill see it as the civil rights issue of the era, and they say it's needed to protect voting rights as states impose restrictive new laws.