A progressive U.S. congressman from New York was arrested at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday as suffrage advocates staged their second protest at the building in just days.
Congressman Rep. Jamaal Bowman was arrested alongside activists from UN-PAC, a student-led group that has gone on hunger strikes with dozens of supporters to persuade senators to enact voting rights legislation.
His spokesman and UN-PAC staff confirmed his arrest on Thursday.
“Today, Congressman Jamaal Bowman joined a nonviolent direct action for suffrage at the North Barricade of the U.S. Capitol and was arrested by U.S. Capitol Police,” the spokesperson for Mr. Bowman, Marcus Frias. The Washington Post. “We will provide more information and updates as we gather it.”
A student participant in the hunger strikes and affiliated with those arrested has targeted Senator Joe Manchin, one of two Democratic senators who voted against the filibuster amendments that would make it possible to pass the legislation in a 50-50 Senate on Wednesday to a statement: “My question for Senator Manchin is, what will it take for you to truly represent your constituents?
“West Virginians overwhelmingly support reforms under the John Lewis Freedom to Vote Act, and we desperately seek an end to political corruption and a functioning, accountable democracy. Yesterday you did not, Senator Manchin. You stand apart as our democracy crumbles. I will not give up on West Virginia like you did,” added the student, Rylee Haught of West Virginia University.
Defeat of Democrats’ efforts to change filibuster Senate rules likely dooms any chance of passing Free Suffrage Act: John Lewis ahead of midterms, but talks reportedly started between Mr Manchin and colleague Republican, Senator Susan Collins, on a bill. this would protect the process by which the Electoral College vote is counted.
The rift between Mr Manchin, Ms Sinema and the rest of the Democratic Party has widened as much as it has in recent days as the pair face heavy criticism from all sides.
Senator Bernie Sanders, a top Senate progressive and chairman of the powerful Budget Committee, lambasted the couple on Wednesday for allegedly causing five months of negotiations over the issue of suffrage and voting rights legislation. other bills for nothing.
“They forced us to have five months of talks that came to nothing,” Mr. Sanders told reporters.
“These are people who I think have undermined the President of the United States” and “can expect to find primary challenges” when they are both re-elected in 2024, the progressive leader predicted.
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