House Democrats to combine 2 key bills in push for voting rights

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Democrats that the House Rules Committee was meeting on Wednesday night to merge key provisions of the two voting bills and pass rules before sending them to the Senate for a vote.

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Why this matters: Pelosi’s announcement in a letter to Democrats comes a day after President Biden called for changes to the Senate’s filibuster rules in an effort to pass voting rights legislation.

big picture: The new law, Freedom to Vote: The John R. Lewis Act, would be a combination of the Senate’s Freedom to Vote Act and the House’s John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

  • According to Pelosi’s letter, the House plans to pass the new legislation on Thursday and send it to the Senate for consideration.
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What are they saying: “Nothing less is at stake than our democracy,” Pelosi said.

Second aspect: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) criticized Biden’s voting rights speech, calling it “divisive” and “divisive”.completely non-presidential,

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what to watch: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DNY) has said the Senate will vote on the rule change in the filibuster by January 17.

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