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Key Senate Republican dour on prospects for Manchin-backed voting bill

June 8, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The lone Republican working with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia on a bill to restore a key part of the landmark Voting Rights Act acknowledged Tuesday the steep climb to get enough support to break a GOP-led filibuster.

(CNN)The lone Republican working with Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia on a bill to restore a key part of the landmark Voting Rights Act acknowledged Tuesday the steep climb to get enough support to break a GOP-led filibuster.

Murkowski's blunt assessment underscores how any legislation to overhaul voting laws is highly unlikely to pass the 50-50 Senate over the next two years given stiff resistance voiced by Manchin and a handful of other Democrats over changing the filibuster rules so legislation can advance along straight party lines.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed on Tuesday that the House will work to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. In a letter to House Democrats, Pelosi wrote that "it is essential that H. R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, become law.

Pelosi wrote in her letter to Democrats that the John Lewis voting bill "is not a substitute" for the sweeping voting overhaul legislation, saying the For the People Act "must be passed now. "

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