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GOP senators block voting rights bill that would have protected voters of color

Republican U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas joined GOP senators to block a federal voting rights bill that would have restored protections for voters of color and helped override some of Texas’s new elections restrictions and redistricted political maps.... Read more»

U.S. Senate Republicans again block debate on voting rights legislation

U.S. Senate Republicans blocked the advance of voting rights legislation Wednesday for the second time this year — thwarting again Democrats’ attempts to pass federal protections for voters amid a slew of new state elections laws. ... Read more»

U.S. Senate to try again on voting rights in September after Cruz blocks debate attempt

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is planning to bring a comprehensive voting rights package to the Senate for a vote when the chamber returns next month after Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas blocked an attempt to advance the “For the People Act” for Senate debate.... Read more»

Klobuchar: Senate Dems 'very close' to a deal on revised voting rights bill

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Thursday that lawmakers attempting to negotiate a compromise elections overhaul bill are “very close to an agreement” on legislation, as Democrats struggle to respond to restrictive voting laws passed in Republican-led states. ... Read more»

Jackson, other civil rights leaders arrested at Sinema’s Phoenix office, protesting her filibuster support

Rev. Jesse Jackson, social justice leader Rev. William J. Barber II and a state senator were among the 39 people arrested at U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s Phoenix office during a demonstration calling on her to end the Senate filibuster to pass sweeping voting rights legislation.... Read more»

Arizona small business owners join pressure campaign against Sinema over filibuster

A coalition of over 500 small businesses throughout Arizona is calling on U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema to take meaningful steps to pass the For The People Act, a proposal she co-sponsored but Senate Republicans have successfully stalled through procedural means. ... Read more»

Anti-poverty advocates urge Sinema to act on voting rights, minimum wage, filibuster

The Poor People’s Campaign announced on Monday the beginning of a weeks-long push calling on Congress to end the Senate filibuster and pass voting rights legislation, with a particular focus on senators like Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema.... Read more»

Mark Kelly in private call: Filibuster changes needed to make Senate 'more functional'

Three southwestern Democratic U.S. senators during a private Zoom call with supporters on Tuesday suggested they were open to filibuster reform but stopped short of offering specifics on the kind of reform they would get behind.... Read more»

Justice Dep't to increase legal staff amid surge in restrictive voting laws

The Department of Justice announced that it is doubling its enforcement attorneys who will work to protect voting rights, as Republicans in state legislatures introduce and pass restrictive voting laws, such as limiting ballot boxes and requiring voter identification.... Read more»

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema faces scrutiny following Biden remarks, skipped vote

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema faces scrutiny following comments made earlier this week by President Joe Biden about “two members of the Senate who vote more with my Republican friends” and her absence from a major procedural vote last week on establishing a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 insurrection in the U.S. Capitol. ... Read more»

Commentary

Kyrsten Sinema & Mark Kelly can stop GOP from disenfranchising voters. Will they?

Recent actions by many Republicans in the Arizona Legislature have shown that they are willing to do anything to ensure that certain votes will not count, but the For the People Act is a way we can counter this.... Read more»

Senators deadlock on major U.S. elections bill in committee vote

Attempts to pass a massive voting reforms bill known as the For the People Act in the Senate Rules Committee ended in a tie vote, meaning Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer likely would have to use a Senate procedure to bring the bill to the floor and shows the uphill battle ahead for the legislation.... Read more»