Voting rights groups continued to call for the elimination of the filibuster on Tuesday immediately after Democrats unveiled new compromise voting rights legislation.
The groups said they supported the new bill, which includes important reforms, such as guaranteed 15 days of early voting, protections against subversion for local election officials, mandatory postal voting and day-to-day registration. same.
But their focus on filibuster reflects a widely accepted reality in Washington – as long as filibuster is in place, the bill is likely dead when it got to the U.S. Senate. Getting 10 Republicans to even support a compromise measure, crafted with significant input from the senator Joe manchin, is a long shot.
“Now that it looks like the 50 Democrats are on board with a bill to protect our freedom to vote, it’s time to get the 50 Democrats on the filibuster reform to get it passed.” , he added. Sean eldridge, the founder and president of Stand Up America, which supports the bill.
“The Senate must do everything in its power to pass this bill immediately to ensure that everyone has a say in our democracy, not just the interests of corporations and major donors. He cannot let outdated procedures stand in the way. We will continue the fight until the job is done, ”said Tiffany Muller, president of End Citizens United and Let America Vote, which also supports the legislation.
Manchin, a key Democrat who does not support eliminating filibuster, has indicated he wants to keep the Senate rule in place for now.
“Systematic obstruction is permanent,” Manchin said Monday, according to CNN.
Other Democrats, including Kyrsten Sinema Arizona, also support the continuation of the filibuster. Joe biden, who has long supported filibuster, recently said he was prepared to pressure Democrats to get rid of the practice of passing federal voting reform.