Senate to vote on Manchin-backed voting rights proposal

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) voted next week on a new voting rights bill backed by Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va) in a letter to aides Thursday.

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why it matters: The Freedom to Vote Act is the latest effort by Democrats to counter Republican-led measures at the state level to restrict voting freedom. Democrats still face a single obstacle to getting it enacted: filibuster.

  • There was a renewed push earlier this year after Congress tried and failed to pass comprehensive voting rights legislation.
  • Democrats argue that the difference with the bill is that it creates a proposal for Manchin.
  • Manchin is also engaging with Republicans over the bill in an effort to garner the 10 GOP votes needed to reach the Senate’s 60-vote threshold to pass the key legislation.
  • As of now, it doesn’t look like he has the votes.

Between the lines: A senior Democratic aide said the Senate is expected to vote on the proposal next Wednesday.

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What are they saying: “Senator Manchin continues to engage in dialogue with our Republican allies in the hope of advancing a solution on a bilateral basis to ensure that all Americans have their voices heard in our democracy,” Schumer wrote in his letter.

read the letter:

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