Klobuchar voting rights bill stopped by Senate GOP
Senate Democrats' latest voting legislation is stalled once again
October 21, 2021
WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans blocked U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's voting rights bill on Wednesday, displaying the stark partisan divide on elections legislation that Democrats remain unable to overcome.
The push from Klobuchar and other Democrats to set federal standards on voting and elections is playing out as some Republican-led states work to tighten voting laws in light of former President Donald Trump's false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. Speaking on the Senate floor, Klobuchar said the freedom to vote is under attack and she called for urgent action.
"With 19 states having enacted laws this year to roll back the freedom to vote, we can't simply sit back and watch our democracy be threatened," Klobuchar said. She then referenced the violent Jan. 6 insurrection. "Whether it be threatened with bear spray, crowbars, axes, or whether it be threatened with long lines, no ballot drop-off boxes and secret money, we must stand up for our democracy, whether we're Democrats or Republicans or independents."