FRI, DECEMBER 17, 2021 • S1 E51 • 7 MIN 47 SEC
SENATE SEEKS TO SALVAGE 2021 BY PASSING VOTING RIGHTS ACT BUT FACE FILIBUSTER CHALLENGE
The Senate seeks to pass Voting Acts resolutions into law now that Build Back Better bill has stalled. But the bill won't advance past the 60 vote procedural cloture requirement to defeat a filibuster. An exception was proposed as was the case with the recent debt ceiling vote, but senators Sinema and Manchin don't back the "nuclear option" exception to bypass the filibuster with a simple majority. The Act is designed to guarantee Americans in every state certain minimum rights re early voting; mail in ballots; voter ID relief; and protections against redistricting and gerrymandering. Without cloture, the Voting bill, like Build Back Better may wait for 2022 and even then, may never get passed. We hear from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sen. Joe Manchin (W. VA), Sen. Mark Warnock (GA) and Latasha Brown of Black Votes Matter.
FRI, DECEMBER 17, 2021