Republicans Block For the People Act from Floor Debate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — All 50 Republican senators opposed a key procedural vote to advance the For the People Act on Tuesday. The vote to invoke cloture and bring the legislation to the floor for a debate requires 60 votes to pass due to Senate filibuster rules. All 50 Democrats including Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) voted yes to advance the bill, but Republican opposition has halted the legislation for now. 

Senate Democrats are already looking at other ways to pass voting legislation, with the Senate Rules Committee announcing they will hold new hearings focusing on Georgia to highlight Republican voter suppression efforts and continue to push for federal action to prevent these state laws. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has not yet announced if he will break up and re-introduce components of the For the People Act. 

Read the For the People Act here.