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Voting rights legislation fails to overcome filibuster despite rule change attempt

Legislation that would create new federal guidelines for mail-in and early voting and end partisan gerrymandering failed to overcome a filibuster from Republicans Wednesday night, despite a last-ditch attempt by Democrats to alter the Senate's rules to push through the legislation.... Read more»

Schumer says Senate to consider changing the filibuster if voting rights stalls

With the midterm elections approaching, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer warned on Monday that the Senate is prepared to debate changes in the filibuster if Republicans continue to block the advancement of voting rights legislation. ... Read more»

House passes voting rights bill, but Senate approval unlikely

The U.S. House on Tuesday passed, along party lines a bill to reinstate a core section of the Voting Rights Act - but while the bill has the support of Senate Democrats and President Biden, it is unlikely to become law because at least 10 Senate Republicans would have to vote for it.... Read more»

U.S. House Dems unveil new voting rights bill named for John Lewis

Democrats announced Tuesday the introduction of legislation to protect voting rights across the country by re-establishing a preclearance formula that would require some states that want to make changes to their voting laws to receive permission from the Justice Department first.... 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»

House Dems to unveil revamped voting rights bill named for the late John Lewis

House Democrats plan to unveil the John Lewis Voting Rights and Advancement Act - named after the late Georgia civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis - on Aug. 6, the same date that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.... Read more»

Grijalva joins dozens of other Democrats boycotting Trump inauguration

Two Arizona lawmakers will join dozens of Democrats who plan to boycott Friday’s inauguration of Donald Trump, saying they will spend time with constituents instead. Reps. Raul Grijalva of Tucson and Ruben Gallego of Phoenix will be among at least 48 House and Senate Democrats who announced plans to skip the swearing-in.... Read more»2

Grijalva among scores arrested at Capitol in immigration rally

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva was arrested Tuesday with nearly 200 other protesters outside the U.S. Capitol after a daylong rally to demand congressional action on comprehensive immigration reform. The Tucson Democrat was one of eight lawmakers arrested at the end of the Camino Americano rally, which drew thousands to the National Mall for speeches, music and cheers.... Read more»1