“How contemptible is Donald Trump? Mr. Schumer said. “He lost an election legitimately. He can’t face this, that it was his failure, and he creates a lie, a big lie, and wins so many people to that lie with the help of the media and other commentators who are also lying, and they know it. “
These “vile lies” “started a fire under the Republican state legislatures” which launched one of the biggest voter suppression efforts “in at least 80 years,” he added.
The New York senator – facing unanimous Republican resistance against the White House-backed For The People law – said the Senate would vote on June 22 to begin debate on the bill, although he made it clear that Democrats wanted Republicans on record if they even want to have a debate on voting rights.
“This is not a vote on a particular policy,” he said. “Not a vote on this bill or this bill. It is a vote on whether the Senate should simply debate voting rights.
Republican senators have categorically rejected the bill, which enjoys broad bipartisan support among U.S. voters, while accusing Democrats of trying to rig future elections by expanding access to the vote.
The bill proposes automatic voter registration, imposing at least 15 consecutive days of early voting, the lifting of restrictions on postal voting, the end of partisan gerrymandering and the implementation of several campaign finance measures and ethics that expose “black money” donors.
Democrats passed the measure in the House of Representatives in March.
Republican lawmakers in nearly every state introduced nearly 400 bills in 2021 to revoke mail voting options, impose stringent voter identification requirements, reduce early voting hours, and implement d other obstacles that would make it harder, not easier, to vote.
In his remarks in the Senate on Monday, Senator Schumer also drew attention to the “sinister” parallel efforts among lawmakers in Republican states to “give themselves more power to themselves and other partisan bodies to undermine, override and override “election laws and” actively “remove barriers that have kept Mr. Trump from overturning millions of American votes, he said.
GOP lawmakers have introduced at least 216 bills in 41 states to give themselves more authority over the electoral process, according to the United States United Democracy Center. At least 24 of these bills have been enacted in 14 states.
Senate Republicans also rejected a “compromise” voting rights bill by moderate Democrat Joe Manchin, who opposed both the For The People Act and obstruction reform that prevents a simple majority – which Democrats hold in an equally divided Senate – to pass critical items on their agenda.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also rejects reinstatement of the Voting Rights Act, the landmark 1965 civil rights measure that the U.S. Supreme Court gutted in 2013, allowing states to adopt electoral policies without federal review despite their history of discrimination.
“We certainly hope” that the Democrats will be “aligned” in a united front to start the debate on the For The People law on Tuesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
“It’s important to remember that this has been a 60-year battle to make voting more accessible, more available, for Americans across the country,” she said. “It will be a fight for his presidency. “
Last month, the first successful legislative obstruction by Senate Republicans in the current Congress blocked the formation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the Capitol Riot and its aftermath.