Senate Republicans have blocked H.R.1, the sweeping voting rights bill proposed by Democrats, which in reality was a thinly veiled power grab. Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) described it as “Democrats’ transparent plan to tilt every election in America permanently in their favor.”
Republicans and Democrats split along party lines leaving the vote at 50-50. This fell far short of the 60 votes that Democrats needed to overcome a filibuster from Republicans.
H.R.1 breaks from voting legislation passed in many Republican states. As a federal law, it would have centralized control of elections to the federal level and, as Senator McConnell put it, “tilt every election,” in favor of Democrats.
Stopping H.R.1 was a crucial step to stopping the rot that has affected our elections. Democrats have compromised our elections, and H.R.1 would have institutionalized those gaps.
The bill also completely failed to include any provision for voter ID requirements, making the bill dead on arrival with Republicans.
Not only has this victory protected our election system from completely collapsing, but it also solidified the Republican resistance. Republicans are a minority in both the House and Senate, yet they have completely stopped the Democrat agenda.
President Joe Biden’s legislative plans have come to a screeching halt as Democrats completely fail to lure any Republican votes. Democrats are discovering their hyperpartisan behavior isn’t paying off.
Democrats need a few Republican votes to pass their major legislative pieces. However, thanks to their demonization of Republicans, it may be too late to gain any of those crucial votes.