Transcript for Senate to vote on Democrats' election reform law
And now to that key vote just moments ago in Washington. The voting rights showdown in this country. The senate taking a key vote on the Democrats' sweeping election reform bill. We have just learned tonight it did not pass. The bill would have, among other things, made election day a federal holiday, making it easy for Americans to get to the polls. It would have required at least 15 consecutive days of early voting. It also placed limits on partisanmannering. The Democrats only had 50 votes. They needed 60. And not one republic voted for it. Tonight, the reaction already pouring in. Rachel Scott with late reporting from the hill tonight. Reporter: Tonight, vice president kamala Harris, presiding over a key vote to advance Democrats' sweeping voting rights bill. The clerk will call the roll. Reporter: Senate Democrats united after a last-minute effort to win over West Virginia's Joe Manchin, who met with president Biden. What was president Biden's message to you in that meeting? We had a nice conversation. The president's message was very, very confidential. Reporter: Manchin now on board after his own changed to the bill, including voter I.D., were embraced by voting rights activist Stacey Abrams and former president Barack Obama. The legislation would make election day a federal holiday, require at least 15 consecutive days of early voting and limit partisan gerrymandering. And it comes as Republicans in 15 states enact tough new voting restrictions. I fear that if we don't act as a body in this moment, we will have crossed a dangerous rubicon in our nation that will make it extremely difficult for the next generation to secure voting rights for every eligible American. Reporter: But the senate Republican leader today calling the bill -- Democrats' transparently partisan plan to tilt every election in America permanently in their favor. Reporter: Democrats need 60 votes to move this bill forward. They only have 50. And tonight, with zero Republican support, it's a nonstarter. Did not pass. Let's get right to Rachel Scott live on the hill. Democrats were united on this, but the senate 50/50. They did not get one republic vote and Democrats plan to make sure Americans know that? Reporter: David, Democrats wanted to get every single Republican on the record on this issue. They want to paint Republicans ahead of the midterm elections as against expanding voting GHTs legislation. Vice president kamala Harris speaking just moments ago, she said the fight is not over. Senate majority leader chuck Schumer says, make no mistake about it, this issue will come back up for debate on the senate floor. The Democrats will be revisiting this before the fall. David? All right, Rachel Scott with late reporting from the hill tonight. Rachel, thank you.
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