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Thu Jun 17, 2021, 10:14 PM

McConnell vows to block voting legislation, spurning Manchin's compromise offer

Source: Washington Post

McConnell vows to block voting legislation, spurning Manchin’s compromise offer

By Mike DeBonis and Vanessa Williams
June 17, 2021 at 7:43 p.m. EDT

Senate Republicans vowed Thursday to block voting legislation from advancing later this month, rejecting a key Democratic senator’s compromise offer that adopted some GOP ideas in a bid to break partisan gridlock on the issue.

The pledge from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) all but guarantees that Republicans will filibuster a sweeping voting bill that Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) is sending to the floor Tuesday.

Parts of the bill are meant to overrule provisions contained in a host of GOP-passed state laws that have placed restrictions on early voting, mail-in voting, ballot drop boxes and other policies that make it easier to cast a ballot, in response to former president Donald Trump’s false claims of a stolen 2020 presidential election.

“I’ve taken a look at all the new state laws — none of them are designed to suppress the vote,” McConnell said Thursday. “There is no rational basis for the federal government to take over all of American elections.”

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Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/voting-manchin-abrams/2021/06/17/986b984c-cf82-11eb-8014-2f3926ca24d9_story.html

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