CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Voting rights legislation has stalled in the U.S. Senate as the chamber on Wednesday was unable to overcome a Republican filibuster and advance the measure.
Democrats have pushed multiple bills in response to state legislatures passing restrictive voting laws, and the Democratic caucus united behind the recent proposal. Senators could not pass the legislation due to the chamber’s rule regarding a 60-vote threshold for ending debate. Two Democrats — West Virginia’s Joe Manchin and Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema — remain opposed to changes.
The final tally was 49-51; Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., switched his vote to bring up the matter again.