The opposition prevailed and stopped one of the priority legal proposals on the president's agenda.
The United States Senate rejected an electoral reform bill promoted by President Joe Biden. The proposal, known as the "Law for the People" (For the People Act), was announced as an initiative to protect the vote among the Hispanic and African-American population.
One of President Biden's priorities fell by the wayside when the Democratic bloc did not get a majority of 60 votes in the Senate to advance with the reform.
"This is not the end of this bill; this is just the beginning," Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar said before the vote. He promised to schedule hearings and promote the proposal to strengthen support for the project and move forward at another time with some changes.
The debate was witnessed by the vice president of that country, Kamala Harris, to demonstrate the importance of the Government. Harris was appointed, by President Biden, as the one in charge of guaranteeing the right to vote for minorities.
The electoral reform sought to counteract the voting restrictions imposed by Republicans at the state level, with the approval of 14 laws limiting the suffrage of Hispanic and African-American minorities. The bill was a priority on the US president's agenda in his quest to achieve rapprochement with populations less inclined to go to the polls.
Conservatives say their goal is to curb irregularities. Still, Democrats believe their real goal is to end the controls that prevented former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) from revoking the results of the 2020 presidential elections, in which Biden won.
Will we continue to poison our democracy from within, the most dishonest former president in our history? Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schmidt was quoted as saying.
Prior to the vote, several Republican senators believed the bill would reduce the power to regulate state elections and criticized several points, such as the possibility of voters registering to vote on the same day. Am
Republican Senator Rob Portman said before the vote that it would mean allowing the federal government to take control of our electoral system, which is always in the hands of the states.
An expected result
The bill passed the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. Still, it was doomed in the Senate, split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans and where the narrow Democratic majority is secured by the vote of Vice President Kamala Harris.
The initiative did not reach the 60 votes necessary to pass the procedural vote to consider.
The Senate Democrats, Chuck Schumer, criticized his rivals for seeking a "blatant" partisan electoral advantage.
Schumer said Republicans, well aware that Trump feels that voting by mail and other options to exercise the right to vote led to his defeat, "are deliberately targeting all the ways that younger, poorer voters don't whites and typically democrats have access to the suffrage."