Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet urges passage of voting rights bill in emotional floor speech

Bennet original co-sponsor of ‘For the People’ act that was blocked by GOP senators late Tuesday.
Published: Jun. 22, 2021 at 4:30 PM MDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2021 at 7:28 PM MDT
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democrats’ sweeping attempt to rewrite U.S. election and voting law has suffered a major setback in the U.S. Senate.

The bill failed in a key test vote Tuesday, blocked by a filibuster wall of Republican opposition. The measure would strike down hurdles to voting that advocates view as the Civil Rights fight of the era. President Joe Biden declared that “this fight is far from over.” But the Senate defeat leaves the Democrats with no clear path forward.

Republican leader Mitch McConnell called the bill a “a solution looking for a problem,” and Sen. Ted Cruz dismissed it as merely “designed to keep Democrats in office.” Pressure has been mounting on Democrats to change Senate filibuster rules to enact Biden’s agenda.

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The following a statement sent out by Sen. Michael Bennet’s office:

“The American people expect their leaders in Washington to treat the future of our democracy as seriously as they do. They would find it ludicrous that the Senate will not even debate the For the People Act, a bill with reforms they broadly support. Every Republican senator who blocked debate on this bill should explain why they oppose steps to ban partisan gerrymandering, expand early voting, limit money in politics, and protect Americans’ fundamental right to vote. Today is a setback, but progress in America has never been a straight line. The attacks on our democracy will not stop, and neither can we. I am prepared to do whatever I can to find a path forward for the urgent reforms in this bill. We cannot shirk our responsibility to strengthen and sustain America’s democracy for the next generation.”

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