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Senate GOP Blocks Voting Bill, Setting Up Rules Change Bid

Jan. 20, 2022, 1:57 AM

Senate Republicans again blocked legislation designed to expand voter participation and restore some protections from the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, touching off an unusual and likely doomed effort by Democrats to alter Senate filibuster rules to usher it through.

In a Senate evenly split between the two parties, all 50 Republicans opposed advancing the legislation to a final vote, leaving the bill well short of the 60-vote threshold needed.

The vote dashes Democrats’ prospects of fulfilling a key promise made before they won control of the White House and Congress by the slimmest of margins in the 2020 election. ...

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