House PASSES voting rights package to set up Senate filibuster battle

The House passed a voting rights bill on Thursday and sent it to the Senate as part of a procedural gambit to allow Chuck Schumer to bypass a Republican fillibuster in order to start debate on the legislation.

The House passed the measure 220-203 party-line vote. 

The move buys time as he and other Democratic leaders try to persuade Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to join them in changing Senate rules to kill the filibuster on the voting legislation. 

The pressure campaign on the two is on: President Joe Biden heads to Capitol Hill in the afternoon to meet with Democrats in person, Vice President Kamala Harris called them out in an interview on NBC News, and Barack Obama wrote an op-ed in USA Today, calling the filibuster a tool to ‘prop up Jim Crow.’ 

Schumer’s gamble may not pay off as he ultimately need 10 GOP senators in his corner to bring the bill up for final passage, which requires 60 votes.

Republicans are united in their opposition, arguing elections should be run…

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