Republicans block Democrats voting reform bill

The GOP blocked the Senate from moving forward on a sweeping elections reform bill known as the For The People Act despite unified Democratic support.
1:09 | 06/23/21

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We go to Washington and the latest on the Schroder over voting rights. Senate Republicans unanimous in blocking the Democrats' signature reform bill and Rachel Scott tracking it all from capitol hill. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning, Democrats knew this vote was going to fail but for them this was about getting every single Republican on the record, on the issue of voting rights. This is a top priority for president Biden and it is a setback. This was sweeping legislation looking at everything from campaign finance reform to expanding early voting but Democrats needed the support of at least ten Republicans in order to move forward and every single one opposed it. For Republicans they label this as a federal takeover of elections, a power grab but Democrats point to 16 states that have already enacted laws that make it harder for people to vote. They said this would counter it. The pathway forward is unclear. President Biden in a statement says the fight is far from over. Senate majority leader chuck Schumer is vowing to bring it back to the senate floor. But the reality here is that the optics on this have not changed. Republicans are showing no signs of changing their position and Democrats would need their support in order to get it passed. Okay, Rachel, thanks very much.

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