(PresidentialInsider.com)- Democrats were prevented from nationalizing elections when Senate Republicans blocked sweeping election legislation they were proposing.
Democrats put forth their huge campaign finance and elections reform bill, saying it was crucial for voting rights to be protected and democracy saved in this country.
But, Republicans were having none of it. All 50 GOP senators voted against the bill, which instituted the filibuster and blocked the legislation from advancing. All 50 Democrats voted in favor of the bill, but they would’ve needed 60 votes to win.
Many Republicans in recent days have spoken out against the bill, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell jumped on that following the vote. He said Republicans wouldn’t sit by and allow Democrats to try to impose new standards of voting on states that would “rig” elections in the favor of Democrats.
He also classified the bill, which is almost 900 pages, as “rotten” to its core.
Following the vote, McConnell tweeted:
“The rotten inner workings of Democrats’ S.1 power grab have been thoroughly exposed to the light. Whichever label Democrats slap on their bill, the substance remains the same.”
At its core, the Democrats’ bill would have imposed federal standards on state elections. One of the issues Republicans particularly objected to was weakening requirements for voters to show IDs when voting.
Among the other provisions of the wide-sweeping bill were new rules for how the Federal Elections Commission enforces campaign finance laws, and an entire new system for public financing regarding congressional elections.
Democrats couldn’t even get some of the more moderate Republican senators on their side on this one. Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, who has voted with Democrats in the past and even voted to convict former President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, said she wouldn’t support the “partisan federal takeover of the election system.”
Murkowski gave a floor speech in which she said she could support some of the elements of the bill, but not the “one-size-fits-all” reforms that Democrats were proposing.
This is yet another example of how in only a few months, Democrats are trying to push through whatever agenda they want. Despite President Joe Biden promising he would negotiate in good faith for bi-partisan legislation, the exact opposite has happened so far.
Democrats have said this voting legislation was an urgent priority that would save democracy, as they claimed GOP-led states were passing “voter suppression laws.” In a statement released Tuesday, the White House even went as far as saying:
“Democracy is in peril, here, in America. The right to vote — a sacred right in this country — is under assault with an intensity and an aggressiveness we have not seen in a long time.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tried to amp up the rhetoric when he said following the vote:
“I want to be clear about what just happened on the Senate floor. Every single Senate Republican just voted against starting debate … on legislation to protect Americans’ voting rights.
“This vote, I’m ashamed to say, is further evidence that voter suppression has become part of the official platform of the Republican Party.”