MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Sun, 03 Jul 2022 21:33:47 +0000 Senate Dems push voting bill, despite uphill fight http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/324ef295c3ef4feaa108f0a8a1b29e0f Senate Democrats are vigorously pushing voting rights legislation although it seems headed for defeat as the Senate began debate Tuesday. (Jan. 18) 324ef295c3ef4feaa108f0a8a1b29e0f Wed, 19 Jan 2022 02:14:48 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: West Palm Beach, Florida - 3 November 20201. "Vote here" signASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Kenosha, Wisconsin - 3 November 20202.  People in line, election workers behind plexiglass shieldPOOL Washington, DC - 18 January 20223. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sen. Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader:"Win, lose or draw, members of this chamber were elected to debate and to vote. Win, lose or draw, we are going to vote, especially on an issue is vital to the beating heart of our democracy is voting rights. 4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sen. Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader"We're under no illusion. We know this is an uphill fight, especially when virtually every Senate Republican, to their shame, is staunchly against any legislation to protect the right to vote."ANNOTATION: This is the fifth time the Senate will try to pass voting legislation this Congress.ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: West Palm Beach, Florida - 3 November 20205. "Vote here" signSENATE TV Washington, DC - 18 January 20226. Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaking on Senate floorPOOL Washington, DC - 18 January 20227. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sen. Raphael Warnock, (D) Georgia:"And so let the message go out. You cannot remember Martin Luther King Jr. and dismember his legacy at the same time. You can argue whatever side you want, but you do not get to argue both sides."8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Sen. Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader:"If the Senate cannot protect the right to vote, which is the cornerstone of our democracy, then the Senate rules must be reformed, must be reformed. If the Republicans block cloture on the legislation before us, I will put forward a proposal to change the rules to allow for a talking filibuster on this legislation, as recommended by a number of our colleagues who have been working on this reform for a long time."ASSOCIATED PRESSARCHIVE: Hackensack, New Jersey - 3 November 20219. Various of election workers and mail in ballotsANNOTATION: "The proposal for a "talking filibuster" is expected to fail because two Democratic senators, Manchin and Sinema, have said they are unwilling to change the rules on a party-line vote.STORYLINE:Voting legislation that's a top priority for Democrats and civil rights leaders seemed headed for defeat as the Senate opened debate Tuesday, a devastating setback enabled by President Joe Biden’s own party as two holdout senators refuse to support rule changes to overcome a Republican filibuster.  The Democratic senators, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, face strong criticism from Black leaders and civil rights organizations for failing to take on what the critics call the “Jim Crow filibuster.”   The debate carries echoes of an earlier era when the Senate filibuster was deployed by opponents of civil rights legislation. It comes as Democrats and other voting advocates nationwide warn that Republican-led states are passing laws making it more difficult for Black Americans and others to vote by consolidating polling locations, requiring certain types of identification and ordering other changes.  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer acknowledged the current bill's likely defeat this week. But he said the fight is not over as he heeds advocates' call to force all senators to go on record with their positions.This is the fifth time the Senate will try to pass voting legislation this Congress.  The Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act combines earlier bills into one package that would make Election Day a national holiday, ensure access to early voting and mail-in ballots - which have become especially popular during the COVID-19 pandemic- and enable the Justice Department to intervene in states with a history of voter interference, among other changes.  Both Manchin and Sinema say they support the package, which has passed the House, but they are unwilling to change the Senate rules to muscle it through that chamber over Republican objections. With a 50-50 split, Democrats have a narrow Senate majority - Vice President Kamala Harris can break a tie - but they lack the 60 votes needed to overcome the GOP filibuster.  Just as they blocked Biden's broad “Build Back Better” domestic spending package, the two senators are now dashing hopes for the second major part of Biden's presidential agenda. They are infuriating many of their colleagues and faced a barrage of criticism during Martin Luther King Jr. Day events.Once reluctant to change Senate rules himself, Biden used the King holiday to pressure senators to do just that. But the push from the White House, including Biden's blistering speech last week in Atlanta comparing opponents to segregationists, is seen as too late, coming as the president ends his first year in office with his popularity sagging.     The Senate is launching what could become a weeklong debate, but the outcome is expected to be no different from past failed votes on the legislation. Biden has been unable to persuade Sinema and Manchin to join other Democrats to change the rules to lower the 60-vote threshold.   ===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. Senate Democrats are vigorously pushing voting rights legislation although it seems headed for defeat as the Senate began debate Tuesday. (Jan. 18) Senate Dems push voting bill, despite uphill fight