The Senate voted Wednesday to block consideration of a voting rights act named after late civil rights chief Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.
With Vice President Kamala Harris presiding over a portion of the vote, senators voted 50-49 on whether or not to convey the invoice up for debate, falling brief of the 60 votes required to transfer ahead.
In August, H.R. 4, often known as the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, handed the House by a vote of 219-212, with all Republicans voting no and all Democrats who had been current voting sure.
The Lewis invoice outlines a new, expanded system that the Department of Justice can use to determine discriminatory voting patterns in states and native jurisdictions. Those entities would then want to get DOJ approval earlier than making additional modifications to elections. The invoice additionally features a provision designed to counter the summer time’s Supreme Court ruling that made it tougher to problem doubtlessly discriminatory voting modifications.
Following weeks of non-public negotiations, Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, signed on to a revised model of the invoice.
“Ensuring our elections are honest, accessible and safe is important to restoring the American folks’s religion in our Democracy,” Manchin mentioned in an announcement Wednesday discussing a bipartisan compromise on the act.
In a procedural step, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., voted ‘no’ Wednesday, permitting him to convey the invoice up for an additional vote sooner or later.
Fox News’ Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this text.