Senate Republicans blocked a Democrat voting rights bill on Wednesday that conservatives claim would nationalize many rights states should hold regarding voting regulations.
The Freedom to Vote Acts failed 49-51, lacking the 60 vote supermajority needed to pass. The Democratic legislation sought to change voting provisions, including scaling back the requirement to provide voting ID.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer changed his vote to no before ending the vote, a move that will allow him to bring the bill or one similar to it to the Senate floor in the future.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed the proposed bill as a power grab by Democrats to nationalized state voting rights.
“The latest umpteenth iteration is only a compromise in the sense that the left and the far left argued among themselves about how much power to grab,” McConnell said, according to The Daily Caller.
“The United States Senate needs to act to protect the sacred constitutional right to vote, which is under unrelenting assault by proponents of the Big Lie and Republican Governors, Secretaries of State, Attorneys-General, and state legislatures across the nation,” President Joe Biden said in response, according to CNN.
The sacred right to vote is under unrelenting assault across the country — and the Senate needs to take action to protect it. Senate Republicans need to allow a debate and let there be a vote on the Freedom to Vote Act. Democracy — the very soul of America — is at stake.
— President Biden (@POTUS) October 20, 2021
Despite Democrat attempts, Senate Republicans have held back attempts for now to nationalize voting rights in a move that will continue to allow each state to determine rules regarding the voting rights of its citizens.