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Senate Democrats Say They Have A Way Of Passing Voting Rights Bill Without Touching The Filibuster

Though it may have seemed that Senate Republicans were going to be able to filibuster the For the People Act voting rights bill indefinitely, news from Democrats on Capitol Hill is giving the legislation new life.

On Tuesday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) appeared on “The Rachel Maddow Show” and was asked what other options Democrats might have for passing voting rights legislation. Klobuchar replied:

“Well, there`s a lot of things. We`re working on an infrastructure package right now. And there’s going to — you know, there’s the bipartisan group that’s negotiating hard, but there’s also going to be a second package, and we can include election infrastructure in there.”

Yes! Election infrastructure would include money for securing our elections and providing funding for states to expand their voter registration efforts while also assuring federal oversight of states that are trying to make it more difficult for people to vote.

John Stoehr then followed up on Klobuchar’s remarks:

Reconciliation only requires a simple majority to pass the Senate, meaning that if all 50 Democrats voted in favor and all 50 Republicans voted against, Vice President Kamala Harris would cast the deciding vote and the For the People Act would become the law of the land, making all of voter suppression laws in various states (Georgia, Texas, etc.) invalid because federal law always trumps state.

Also this week, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the Justice Department will file suit against Georgia for their package of voter suppression bills that passed the general assembly earlier this year and were promptly signed into law by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R).

 

All of this is certain to infuriate Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), but there’s not a damn thing he can do about it. Once the Senate parliamentarian signs off on the election infrastructure bill, a vote can be held and the For the People Act will become the law of the land.

Democrats are about to pull off a something worth celebrating: Making sure every eligible American voter can vote easily and without interference from Republicans.

Suck on THAT, Moscow Mitch!