Headline RoundupJune 22nd, 2021

Senate Republicans Block Democrats' Voting Rights Legislation

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Republican senators unanimously blocked Democrats' election legislation, known as the For the People Act, on Tuesday. The bill would loosen voter ID requirements, allow registration on election day, and expand early voting dates; it passed the House in March, but fell 10 votes short of the 60 needed to pass the Senate. On Tuesday, Senate Rules Committee Chairman Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said of the bill “this is not the end of the line...this is only the beginning,” and pledged to hold more hearings to gain support for the bill across the country. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the bill "rotten" Tuesday, saying it was an attempt to "rig" elections in favor of Democrats. The bill's supporters say it would expand voter access among marginalized communities; opponents claim it poses a threat to election security and is an attempt by the Democratic Party to gain more power. 

Outlets from the left and center tended to analyze the Democratic Party's next moves regarding the bill. Some outlets on the right highlighted GOP lawmaker's comments about the bill. 

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