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Kyrsten Sinema Says The Senate's Broken, But Don't Change The Filibuster

Kyrsten Sinema Says The Senate's Broken, But Don't Change The Filibuster

US EditionU.S.CLOSEFollow usPart of HuffPost Politics. ©2021 BuzzFeed, Inc. All rights reserved.BREAKING NEWSTap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. this weekDemocrats can use a special process called budget reconciliation in order to pass tax-and-spend legislation, but they can’t use the process for policies without significant budgetary effects. This leaves a wide range of policies that make up the Biden administration’s agenda vulnerable to Republican-led filibusters.Calling all HuffPost superfans!Sign up for membership to become a founding member...

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April 6, 2021
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Joe Manchin Carefully Backs Landmark Voting Rights Bill, But Wants GOP Support

Joe Manchin Carefully Backs Landmark Voting Rights Bill, But Wants GOP Support

US EditionU.S.CLOSEFollow usPart of HuffPost Politics. ©2021 BuzzFeed, Inc. All rights reserved.BREAKING NEWSTap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you.Sen. (D-W.Va.) signaled Thursday that he would support elements of fellow : a package of voting rights, campaign finance, redistricting and ethics reforms, in his first statement on the bill.But first, he wants on board, too ― a heavy lift given hardline GOP opposition to the bill.“As the Senate prepares to take up the For the People Act, we must work toward a bipartisan solution that protects everyone’s...

March 25, 2021
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Fight Over Landmark Voting Rights Bill Begins As Republicans Say Voter Suppression Isn't A Problem

Fight Over Landmark Voting Rights Bill Begins As Republicans Say Voter Suppression Isn't A Problem

US EditionU.S.CLOSEFollow usPart of HuffPost Politics. ©2021 BuzzFeed, Inc. All rights reserved.BREAKING NEWSTap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you.The Senate on Wednesday took its first step toward  as the Senate Rules & Administration Committee held the first hearing on a major voting rights, campaign finance, gerrymandering and ethics reform legislative package.The For The People Act is the top legislative priority of congressional , and was introduced as the first bill in both the House and Senate. Its expansion of voting rights is touted as the...

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March 24, 2021
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Jon Ossoff Is 44th Democratic Senator To Back D.C. Statehood

Jon Ossoff Is 44th Democratic Senator To Back D.C. Statehood

US EditionU.S.CLOSEFollow usPart of HuffPost Politics. ©2021 BuzzFeed, Inc. All rights reserved.BREAKING NEWSTap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you.Freshman Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) is the latest senator to endorse the admission of Washington, D.C., as the nation’s 51st state.Ossoff is currently one of eight senators in the ’s caucus who have not co-sponsored the Washington, D.C. Admission Act introduced by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.). He told HuffPost on Tuesday, however, that he supports D.C. statehood.Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) also backs statehood for...

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March 23, 2021
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Nevada Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto Is Latest To Back Filibuster Reform

Nevada Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto Is Latest To Back Filibuster Reform

US EditionU.S.CLOSEFollow usPart of HuffPost Politics. ©2021 BuzzFeed, Inc. All rights reserved.BREAKING NEWSTap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you.Calling all HuffPost superfans!Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost's next chapterDo you have information you want to share with HuffPost?Today is National Voter Registration Day!We made it easy for you to exercise your right to vote!

March 9, 2021
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House Passes Landmark Voting Rights Bill, Setting Up First Major Filibuster Fight

House Passes Landmark Voting Rights Bill, Setting Up First Major Filibuster Fight

US EditionU.S.CLOSEFollow usPart of HuffPost Politics. ©2021 BuzzFeed, Inc. All rights reserved.BREAKING NEWSTap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you.220-210220209The Republican Party is still led by former , who just two months ago sought to overturn a free and fair election by invalidating votes in majority-Black cities. More than half of the House Republican caucus backed him. This led directly to the Jan. 6 . And now Republicans at the state level are pushing a new wave of voting rights restrictions based on Trump’s election fraud lies, including in...

March 4, 2021
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Republicans Are Pushing A Wave Of Voter Restrictions. Democrats’ Top Priority Would Stop Them.

Republicans Are Pushing A Wave Of Voter Restrictions. Democrats’ Top Priority Would Stop Them.

US EditionU.S.CLOSEFollow usPart of HuffPost Politics. ©2021 BuzzFeed, Inc. All rights reserved.BREAKING NEWSTap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you.“The attack on our democracy right now, in almost half of state legislative chambers around the country, if not dealt with as part of dealing with the fallout of the insurrection is something we will live with this for a long time in this country,” Lauren Groh-Wargo, CEO of Fair Fight Action, said. “This is not something that can wait.”New Wave Of Voter Restrictions“The wave we are seeing is unlike...

February 28, 2021
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Democrats’ Top Priority Is To Reform Elections. Will It Be The Bill To Break The Filibuster?

Democrats’ Top Priority Is To Reform Elections. Will It Be The Bill To Break The Filibuster?

US EditionU.S.CLOSEFollow usPart of HuffPost Politics. ©2021 BuzzFeed, Inc. All rights reserved.BREAKING NEWSTap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you.have control of the House and Senate, and they want to use it to reform elections and make it easier to vote. But first, they’ll have to get past Senate Minority Leader (R-Ky.).Congressional Democrats are pushing a of voting rights, gerrymandering, election, campaign finance and ethics reforms, called . It’s listed as H.R. 1 in the House and S. 1 in the Senate, signifying that it is Democrats’ top...

February 22, 2021
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Brent Bozell IV, Son Of Prominent Conservative Activist, Charged In Capitol Riot

Brent Bozell IV, Son Of Prominent Conservative Activist, Charged In Capitol Riot

US EditionU.S.CLOSEFollow usPart of HuffPost Politics. ©2021 BuzzFeed, Inc. All rights reserved.BREAKING NEWSTap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you.Leo Brent Bozell IV, the son of conservative activist L. Brent Bozell III, was captured on video inside the Senate chamber during the on the and has been charged with three federal offenses, according to a federal criminal complaint unsealed on Tuesday.Bozell is charged with obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted building, and disorderly conduct. The complaint features several images of...

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February 16, 2021
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Nearly All Senate Democrats Open To Filibuster Reform

Nearly All Senate Democrats Open To Filibuster Reform

US EditionU.S.CLOSEFollow usPart of HuffPost Politics. ©2021 BuzzFeed, Inc. All rights reserved.BREAKING NEWSTap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you.Check out more on Democratic senators’ positions above.Under current Senate rules, it takes 60 votes to end debate on a bill and overcome a filibuster. This is called a cloture vote. For Democrats to defeat any filibuster, they would need 10 Republicans to defect to vote to end debate. But Republicans already refused to provide votes for Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, a sign that they will...

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April 12, 2021
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