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Election bill hearing sparks tense exchanges, charges


March 25, 2021

J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press

Senate Rules Committee Chair Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., holds a hearing on the "For the People Act," which would expand access to voting and other voting reforms, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 24, 2021. The bill has already passed in the House.

WASHINGTON – The debate over a massive federal voting rights act erupted in tense exchanges Wednesday as Sen. Amy Klobuchar faced withering GOP criticism that the changes would cause chaos and undermine states' rights.

The Minnesota Democrat, a lead sponsor of the For the People Act, said at a hearing of the Rules Committee she chairs that the measure is essential as GOP legislators in states across the country have drafted more than 250 measures to restrict voting access. She pointed to the chaos of hourslong waits at polling places, new limitations on early voting and new restrictions on who can cast mail-in ballots.

"The bill simply tries to make it easier to vote," Klobuchar said. "The For the People Act is the best chance to stop the rollback of voting rights."


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