WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a late-night session on Tuesday, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced that he plans to bring the For the People Act to a second vote as a first priority when the Senate returns from recess in September. The legislation was previously blocked by Republicans earlier this year, but Democrats are working on a revised version that they hope will keep all members of their caucus on board. However, ten Republicans will still need to vote to advance debate on the legislation, unless Democrats vote to revise the chamber’s current filibuster rules.
Democrats in charge of revising the bill — including Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) — will work on a new version over the August recess and hope to have a bill all 50 Democrats agree on by September. Republicans in the Senate, however, have shown no sign that they would support this revised version of the legislation. All Republican Senators voted against the For the People Act earlier this year.