Dems, GOP spar over filibuster ahead of voting showdown

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Senate Democrats and Republicans took to the Senate floor on Wednesday to debate voting rights legislation — and potential rule changes in order to get election reform across the finish line. 


What You Need To Know

  • Senate Democrats and Republicans engaged in a heated debate Wednesday ahead of an expected vote on a major voting rights bill 
  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that if Republicans filibuster the bill, they will put forward a change to the Senate rules that would enact a “talking filibuster” and allow Democrats to pass the bill with a simple majority after debate
  • The effort appears likely to fail, as Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona oppose filibuster changes, but it would force lawmakers to cast difficult votes ahead of the 2022 midterm elections
  • Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell warned of a…

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