‘Democracy over autocracy’: Biden to back filibuster changes to pass voting-rights legislation

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President Joe Biden will support changing the Senate filibuster rules Tuesday to pass voting-rights protections, but reportedly won’t go so far as to support a full-scale abolition of the tradition.

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Instead, a senior administration official quoted by The New York Times In an Atlanta speech, Biden said he would support a movie “carve-out” for voting rights. The filibuster allows a minority party to kill a law that does not receive 60 votes.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, has set Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day as a deadline for passing voting legislation or considering revising filibuster rules.

According to excerpts released by the White House, “the next few days, when these bills go to vote, will be a turning point in this country.” “Will we choose democracy over autocracy, light over shadow, justice over injustice? I know where I stand.”

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As the Associated Press reported, voting-rights advocates in Georgia and across the country are worried about what might happen in 2022 and beyond, following the enactment of Republican-pushing laws that would have helped former President Donald Trump’s 2020 defeat. The latter makes it harder to vote and their subsequent push to reverse the results, despite no evidence of widespread fraud.

Democrats, meanwhile, haven’t been in lockstep about changing the filibuster rules. Sense of West Virginia. Joe Manchin and Arizona’s Kirsten Cinema have both expressed their opposition, and others, including Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona. reportedly undecided on the issue,

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