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Mitch McConnell shoots down a bi-partisan voting compromise, calls it unacceptable and inappropriate

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R. KY) immediately dismissed the idea that Sen. Joe Manchin (D.WV) could attract Republican support with his proposed voting compromise. In reference to the original For the People Act, McConnell called it “equally unacceptable” and “totally inappropriate.”

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On Thursday, McConnell held a special presser on S.1, apparently trying to really emphasize his criticisms in the wake of Manchin leaving a door open to intra-Democratic compromise on the voting rights bill. .

McConnell strongly emphasized that the compromise was endorsed by Stacey Abrams and painted the measure as a federal takeover of state elections, which he calls a “solution in search of a problem:”

“All Republicans, I think, will oppose that as well if that were to be surfaced on the floor. That’s not what we anticipate the cloture motion to be on.”

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This all means that Manchin’s ideas really represent only a compromise amid his fellow Democrats and not Republicans, who seem to have positioned themselves solidly opposed to federal voting safeguards.

Manchin had previously declared himself against legislation regarding voting rights without some Republican support. But the new measure at least indicated his policy positions.

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Bill Yeomans, a longtime expert on voting rights at Columbia Law School, explains:

“Overall, it’s encouraging that he’s supporting this kind of stuff and discouraging that he left a lot of stuff out. There’s so much stuff here that it’s hard to make sense of without more detail — but Joe’s in the game, that’s good.”

With the filibuster still in place and zero Republican support in the Senate, the bill is destined to fail, even with Manchin’s support. Many Democrats hope that Manchin and fellow filibuster supporter Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D. AZ) will have a change of heart and vote to eliminate the Senate rule, so that Democrats can pass the voting rights measure alone.

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While neither Manchin or Sinema have indicated they will vote to eliminate the filibuster, Manchin’s memo is the first sign that if his concerns are addressed, there could be 50 votes in favor of the measure and thus a stronger case to end the filibuster.


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