Munchin’s opposition to changing the Philippister rules is a major roadblock to Biden’s legislative priorities, as current rules allow Republicans to hold a number of progressive bills supported by the administration, including infrastructure spending, the federal voting law and the climate change law.
The senator said that the “fundamental right to vote” was “openly politicized” – aimed at members of his party – and that some Democrats “tried to demonize Philip Buster and conveniently ignored how important it was in defending it. Democrats’ rights in the past.”
The moderate Democrats have argued in the past that Democrats who want to abolish Philip should be careful what they want, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid referring to the move in 2013 to remove the 60-vote standard for presidential candidates. In the Supreme Court – a change that allowed Republicans to establish a conservative majority in the High Court.
Munchin urged the Senate leadership to revise the John Lewis Voting Promotion Act, a short-lived electoral bill backed by Alaska Republican Representative Lisa Murkowski, as he did not support Philipster’s release. The proposal is much smaller than the S1 bill, but brings back key parts of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which states must consult with the federal government before making major changes to their voting rules.
“I am motivated by the desire to strengthen our democracy by defending the right to vote, in defiance of unilateral politics on both sides,” he wrote.
Mansin has been at the forefront of law for the people for months, and he is the only Democratic senator not listed as an adviser on the bill.
When asked about his protest on Fox News Sunday, he said the Democrats did not support the law and expressed his desire. “I was very clear about that,” he said.
“Voting is the foundation of our democracy. Open, fair, secure voting. We went around the world and explained and observed the voting procedures in a democracy. Now if we can not implement what we preach, we are going to change 800 pages of voting rights,” Munchin said.
Although Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he plans to introduce the bill in the week of June 21, the bill is expected to fall short of the 60 votes needed to pass it due to the current lack of Republican support.
The story was updated on Sunday with additional details.
CNN’s Sonnet Swire, Manu Raju and Stephen Collinson contributed to the report.