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Another Voting Rights Bill Just Died in the Senate. What Now, Biden?

Posted On: Dec 1, 2021   |   Posted By: The New Republic

An independent senator from a New England state who caucuses with Democrats delivered an impassioned speech which quickly went viral on Tuesday, warning that a spate of bills passed in Republican-controlled states restricting voting rights would lead to a hollowing out of American democracy unless the Senate acted swiftly to pass its own legislation. You're probably thinking of the wrong senator. The speech was delivered by Senator Angus King of Maine, who flies lower under the radar than his irascible independent colleague from Vermont, Senator Bernie Sanders. King helped develop the recent voting rights legislation blocked by Senate Republicans on Wednesday, and has undergone a notable public evolution on the role of the filibuster. “What if the current wave of voter suppression legislation succeeds and keeps tens of thousands of people from voting, or what if in 2024 a partisan legislature in a swing state votes to override the election results and send its own set of electors to Congress?” King asked in...

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