Sens. Joe Manchin (WV-D) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) urged lawmakers Monday to create a bipartisan version of the Voting Right Act rather than supporting the current Democrat-led legislation, virtually destroying any chances of the leftist overhaul passing Congress.
“Congress must come together — just as we have done time and again — to reaffirm our longstanding bipartisan commitment to free, accessible, and secure elections for all,” Manchin and Murkowski wrote, according to the Washington Examiner.
The letter reveals the current legislation lacks the support to pass in the Senate. Manchin previously reported he would not supported the current voting reform law passed by the House.
No Republicans currently support the bill. But many oppose any type of nationalized election law changes.
“I believe it’s unconstitutional. And it represents an effort to try to do through the backdoor what they’re doing to through the front door through S. 1 and H.R. 1,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told The Hill about the bill championed by Democrats.
In the letter, Manchin and Murkowski explained the re-authorization of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 has long enjoyed bipartisan support and should be passed by the Senate instead of the current For the People Act.
“Protecting Americans’ access to democracy has not been a partisan issue for the past 56 years, and we must not allow it to become one now,” Murkowski and Manchin wrote.
Though an improvement over the current Democrat-fueled measure, the new focus by the two senators remains unlikely to garner significant support.