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Republicans block comprehensive voting rights bill, but it’s not over

The For the People Act, a comprehensive bill to expand, ensure, and strengthen voting rights nationwide, failed to muster the 60-vote supermajority necessary to advance in the Senate. All 50 Democratic senators voted to bring the bill to the floor for debate and discussion while all 50 Republican senators voted to block it. But this is just the first step in the process. We will be working with our labor and civil rights partners throughout the summer to make sure this bill comes up again. The Senate must continue to hear from us about the importance of this bill and the need to ensure nationwide access to the right to vote, the bedrock of our democracy.

“I struggle with how to explain the indefensible actions by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republican senators,” said NEA President Becky Pringle. “They have worked to restrict access to democracy, and their vote today is just another way they have stacked the deck against the Indigenous community and people of color in this country. Although the For the People Act failed to advance today in the Senate, this is not the end. The 3 million members of the National Education Association will remain steadfast in our mission that every American has full access to exercise their inalienable right to participate in democracy. We will not rest until all Americans can safely and freely cast their ballots and have their voices heard.”

The For the People Act rests on three pillars: reaffirming and expanding voting rights, strengthening oversight to end big money in politics, and ensuring an ethical government. It would, among other things, institute automatic voter registration and place new limits on partisan practices like gerrymandering.


Email your senators and tell them to support S. 1 to strengthen our democracy and end voter suppression.

111 responses to “Republicans block comprehensive voting rights bill, but it’s not over

  1. People need to stop looking at Trump or Biden, Democrat or Republican, and start looking at what’s right and wrong. You can play the blame game all day and get nowhere. We just need to look at where our nation is headed, be involved, and do what we can to improve. First of all, we need to support the rights of states, as was inspired by our constitution, and not allow the Federal Government have so much control. Our country was founded on principles that were never intended for it be that way. Anyone who wants to have honest, legal elections should not be concerned with having to show identification of some sort. People need to do it for things far less important than our hard fought right to vote. There are ways to make sure people who send in ballots or can’t vote in person can still do it and do it legally – everyone can still vote. The only people we are making it more difficult for are the people who either aren’t legal citizens, or aren’t responsible enough to do what is needed to exercise this important right. It has absolutely nothing to do with the color of your skin. It has a lot more to do with the choices one makes. We need to be very careful about what control we give to our government because, as was referred to earlier, if you get people in there with lots of control who aren’t good people (as is often the case when people get too much power), it is almost impossible to change it. So think very carefully about what you are really giving up when you give in. Everything has a cost, and it’s just a matter of how much it’s really going to cost in the end.

  2. The Republican Party that kisses Trump’s rear end mimics the KKK. The other folks within the Republican Party who Trump’s cronies pushed aside believe in a conservative fiscal approach but they are not necessarily racist. Do you want to know one word which is a dirty word to both groups? UNIONS.

    Bottom line: Let’s get S1 passed.

    1. The Republican Party that kisses Trump’s rear end mimics the KKK. The other folks within the Republican Party who Trump’s cronies pushed aside believe in a conservative fiscal approach but they are not necessarily racist. Do you want to know one word which is a dirty word to both groups? UNIONS.

    2. The Republican Party that kisses Trump’s rear end mimics the KKK. The other folks within the Republican Party who Trump’s cronies pushed aside believe in a conservative fiscal approach but they are not necessarily racist. Do you want to know one word which is a dirty word to both groups? UNIONS.

    3. The Republican Party that kisses Trump’s rear end mimics the KKK. The other folks within the Republican Party who Trump’s cronies pushed aside believe in a conservative fiscal approach but they are not necessarily racist. Do you want to know one word which is a dirty word to both groups? UNIONS.

      Bottom line: Let’s get S1 passed.

  3. The Republicans/Retrumplicans only want to please trump, even when he is in the wrong. They are thinking about the next election not about meeting the needs of all people in our Country. It has been said by Court Decision after Court Decision even the U.S. Supreme Court, that the 2020 election was the most secure and President Joe Biden/Vice President Kamala Harris is the declared winners. After a secure and fair election, why make all these new voting suppression changes, state after state after state? Voting Rights Should Not Be Under Attack. It is our right…Vote because so many fought, bled and died for us to have the right to vote…Vote because many of them did not live to exercise the right to vote.

    1. The Republican Party that kisses Trump’s rear end mimics the KKK. The other folks within the Republican Party who Trump’s cronies pushed aside believe in a conservative fiscal approach but they are not necessarily racist. Do you want to know one word which is a dirty word to both groups? UNIONS.

  4. Most of these comments are not an educational response as to what just happened in the Senate regarding this bill. This is nothing other than one political party trying to take over our Government and change from a Constitutional Republic to a Socialist Nation where the opposition will never have an elected representative in Washington DC. If you know history, look at how NAZI Germany came into power and compare to what is happening today. If you China history, then you know about Mao and how he came into power in the late 60s and how he killed many millions of his own people. These types of governments are never have a good ending for it’s citizens. I’m sorry but these comments by supposedly educated people, are in fact childish and just plain stupid. The “Adults” voted and didn’t allow this to happen. You can already see the effects that JoeBama, Pelosi, Schumer, and the squad have caused. Inflation, people not wanting to go back to work because of extra unemployment, higher gas prices, businesses failing because they can’t afford the higher wages. The list goes on and on. Think rationally, not just don’t react with feelings.

    1. yes you should look at Nazi Germany, that is what we had with Trump, no thank you, more corrupt than any other President bar none

    2. If Republicans ran on policy and didn’t try to cheat to win elections, we wouldn’t need a voting rights act. Rather than only support corporations and the ultra rich, Republicans should start trying coming up with policies that help the middle class. And your socialism comment is ridiculous and getting old. When you give up your SSI in addition to other programs that are “socialism”, then you can complain.

      Trumpism is leading us towards an authoritarian and possibly Nazi government and you know it. Read your history.

    3. Were YOU thinking rationally you would have noticed that people have discovered there is no sense in working for pay that will.keep them below the poverty line! Pay them what they need and they will be glad to work.
      Hitler came into power by winning a vote, then eliminating his enemies and making sure there would be no more voting. That doesn’ t seem like any democrat’s methodology to me.
      Mao and his communist party ousted Chiang Kai Shek in 1949, after being allied with him against Japanese occupation. Where you get the 1960s is beyond me. Mao was, indeed a bloody bastard of whom the earth is well rid.
      So, Jim, do you wish to give up your social security? How about your right to Medicare? Both programs are very popular with the American People, and both have elements of socialism.
      Our country spends roughly 18% of GDP on health care. Canadians have a “socialist” sort of program that is about 9% of their GDP. Wouldn’t you like to pay HALF of what you are spending now? And, BTW, Canada’s health system has over 90% approval rating, better health outcomes, and Canadians live longer than Americans!

      Gas prices fell because of the law of supply and demand! Covid restrictions lowered demand and increased supply. The lifting of Covid restrictions, brought about by the rapid and efficient distribution of the vaccines, by democrats, has created more demand, driving prices up. No mystery there!
      An economy brought to its knees by Covid and the utter incompetence of the trump administration, is now moving again. Yeah, there is some inflation.
      Six hundred thousand Americans are DEAD, because of the lies and utter incompetence of republicans who are still terrified of their dear leader and refuse to tell him he has no clothes. A bunch of nut jobs attempted an insurrection, fomented by the same dear leader, and aided by their own elected representatives, in absolute contravention of the Constitution of athe United States!

      Does any of that sound “rationa”l to you, Jim?

    4. Jim needs to stop watching Faux Noise. Unemployment numbers dropping weekly and gas prices rise in relation to oil prices which are based on international cartels, i.e. OPEC controlling production. It’s as ridiculous as when people blamed W. for gas prices. Economic study after study disproves your claim that businesses can’t afford the wage increases because consumer spending increases as well. It’s why a middle class tax cut generates economic growth- they spend. As for the voting acts, pay attention. State after state under GOP control is trying to make it harder to vote. Read the bills and laws. The point is to ensure fewer people vote, especially Black and brown people.

  5. Every single Repub senator voted to sustain the filibuster against S.1. Republicrat Manchin voted for S.1 because he knew it had no chance of passing. He had already written an op-ed against it, in a West Virginia newspaper. The party of Trump is dead-set against nonwhites voting and electing more Democrats.

    1. “The party of Trump is dead-set against nonwhites voting and electing more Democrats”??
      That is not a true statement and just plain stupid. The party of Trump want all the votes they can get, they just want legal votes. They want to make it harder for people or Party to cheat. If you were smart, you’d want that as well. C’mon MAN!!!!! Use your BRAIN!!!

  6. Republicans need to stop being Trump’s puppets and pass meaningful legislation that is desperately needed by all Americans now.

  7. GOP before, now GQP.
    GOP now = authoritarian regime
    GOP now = lies and missinformation
    GOP now = Russia (where there is no democracy)
    GOP now = white supremacies
    GOP now = neo nazis
    GOP now = conspiracy theories
    GOP now = hijackers of Christian religions to suppress people
    GOP now = prostitution with the oil industry
    GOP now = prostitution with the NRA

    We need to destroy the GOP (GQP) before it destroys America

    1. The GOP needs to reintroduce themselves to their core beliefs. There separatist perspective is frightening and disappointing.

    2. Republicans feel that they have to stop people from voting because their policies and Bill’s are so bad for the people of the United States that they can no longer win elections.

      THEY MUST BE STOPPED.

      The FILIBUSTER must  be  abolished IMMEDIATELY in order to restore DEMOCRACY to the United States.

      We must pass the
      FOR THE PEOPLE ACT-
      HR 1,   SR 1   and HR 4

      RESTORE OUR VOTING RIGHTS MUST BE 
      DONE BEFORE  ANYTHING ELSE BECAUSE NOTHING CAN GET DONE IF PEOPLE CAN’T VOTE.

      Being nice to the Republicans won’t cause them to all of a sudden support democracy which they have been trying to destroy for years.

      They will keep blocking voting rights until only Republicans will be able to win elections. Which means that Trump will be put back into the White house..

      If the Republicans were in the same.position that the Democrats are in, Republicans would have already ended the filubuster..

      PLEASE END THE  FILIBUSTER IMMEDIATELY IN ODER TO GET OUR  COUNTRY BACK TO SOMETHING THAT WE CAN BE PROUD OF.

      PLEASE STOP THE REPUBLICANS FROM DISTROYING OUR DEMOCRACY.

      We need to rebuild trust and accountability in our democracy. For the past decade, conservatives have bent the rules to their advantage — from gerrymandering  to voter suppression. Right now, there are more than 250 bills in state legislatures  that could further dismantle voting  rights. And  with redistricting about to begin, extremists will try  to take advantage of the process and manipulate district maps like they did in  2011…

      We cannot  truly protect voting rights or end gerrymandering without tackling both problems. If we pass the For the People Act, we can do both and put power back into the hands of voters.

      1. I am shocked at the gop and their voter suppression laws. Kind of new to politics but this scares me.

      1. Republicans are the enemy and mostly fascist because they still support the fascist Trump so they must be destroyed and removed from Congress

    3. Martha ~~~ Thank you for painting the clear picture of the GOP for us. I would be hard pressed to find a thinking human being to disagree with your posting.

    4. This is the most hypocritical analysis I have ever seen. Substitute GOP now with DEM now and you will be closer to the truth. Your desire for a one party government is right up there with the Russians, (where there is no Democracy) Your desire for a one party system with the Dem’s in control is authoritarian as it gets. Your name calling of “white supremacies, neo nazis” is childish and ill informed. You are indeed filled with lies and misinformation, perhaps you are making your own conspiracy theories. Stop the Dem’s , before they destroy America!

      1. Joe Biden did not cause inflation. Greed did. People learned to live on unemployment and saw how they were being abused by bosses who wanted higher profits by paying lower wages. Now they are holding out for the better paying jobs. Hoarding caused inflation and impatience caused inflation. Too many people are willing to pay whatever to get their goods now. That drives the prices up.

      2. No. It is the republican party trying to stop entire groups of Americans from voting, gerrymandering districts and rigging and stealing elections, not the democrats. The republican party are fascist dictators. This is a dictators playbook. Educate yourself.

  8. Voting is a RIGHT! It should be made easier for EACH and EVERY PERSON to cast their ballot. The ‘For The People Act’ will do just that, making voting easier for ALL AMERICANS. Its passage is NECESSARY to insure that all future elections are unquestionably free and FAIR.

  9. The Republican response to the Voting Rights Act proves that the GOP is as treasonous as a party As Trump is and was as a president. In fact, the GOP is worse because they have the opportunity to fix the mess Trump left us in, and they are choosing to ignore their oath of office, the US Constitution, and moral substance. As things stand right now, it is time to replace the GOP as a major party in this country. It has become the party of trump, and there is no place for any legislator of any party who would support that kind of moral garbage.

    I was a registered Republican, although a Centrist one who voted Amex ticket, until late in 2020. At that time I gave up removed my name from the Republican rolls and chose not to vote for any Republican in 2020. This voting rights mess expand my feeling to a determination to refuse to vote for any Republican in any election no matter how local or seemingly trivial, and to keep an eye out for any group that I can support that is working to replace the GOP.

    1. You are not alone, I come from a family that was staunchly Rep. All the relatives included.

      The party no longer resembles the Republican Party. I can assure that a generation of

      dead relatives are spinning in their graves.

      Mitch McConnell has been a 1 man Wrecking Ball for the Rep. party. When will those

      Senators wake up????? It is his way or the highway. Trump’s Little King Syndrome??

      1. My mother and my step-mother (now long gone) were moderate Republicans.
        If they were here, they would be Democrats.
        They must be spinning in their graves.

  10. ALL Americans, 18 years and older, have a right to vote!!!

    We need automatic voter registration… as well as DC to become a state.

    Republicans aren’t hesitating to change the laws since the last election didn’t go ‘their’ way… yet the people can’t make a decent minimum wage.
    Fascism comes to mind…

  11. All Lives matter! No one should be denied the right to vote irregardless of their race, creed, faith or what their zip-code may be. We are suppose to be a democracy for all the people. Let have all people treated equally and get something done for all the people not just some of the people.

  12. The Republican party needs to clean up its image. The power plays and sneaky end runs are beginning to represent who you are.

  13. Voting is the basis of our democracy! All eligible voters have a right and a responsibility to vote. We must make voting easy and fair.

    1. By the way, here’s the text of the 15th Amendment, in its entirety:

      Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

      Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

      So Mitch McConnell — the most powerful Republican in office right now — is not only echoing the outright racism of the Jim Crow era.

      He is also just plain wrong. The federal government has the authority, and the duty, to step in when states are violating voting rights.

  14. By not passing this Act you are saying you don’t want certain people to vote!
    You are letting all America see how racist you are! Racism has no p!ace in a Country that is a melting pot of all races!
    Shameful, that’s what everyone is that didn’t sign off in this Act, starting with you Mitch McConnell, shameful!

  15. By not passing this Act you are saying you don’t want certain people to vote!
    You are letting all America see how racist you are! Racism has no p!ace in a Country that is a melting pot of all races!
    Shameful, that what everyone is that didn’t sign off in this Act, starting with you Mitch McConnell, shameful!

    1. Cory, Wrong, “every American CITIZEN……..deserves the right to vote”. Not all illegals and DOCA invaders.

  16. Its really ashame that politicians seek thievery over democracy. We the people choose who will represent our best interest by voting. If we the peoples voices are silenced by laws intended to stop democracy we as Americans have sunken to a new low. Democracy works voting works and we should not be silenced by politicians seeking their own self serving agendas.

  17. The Republiklan cult is now fascist. If the American people don’t act they will overturn the outcome of elections they don’t agree with! Republiklans want the corporate takeover of the government so these corporations can pay the workers whatever they want. Expect to see Whites Only signs pop up in Red states

    1. Every American has the right to vote. This is the law. The color of your skin has nothing to do with it!!!

      1. I think you mean “should” have nothing to do with it. Because, due to extreme, almost house-by-house gerrymandering, excessive ID requirements, moving and/or removal of polling locations in “certain” neighborhoods, restriction of voting times, limitation of early voting days, and the like, there are clear, obvious, ethnic and racial results. In 2014, in Milwaukee, an estimated 50,000 voters were disenfranchised because of such mischief. EVERY citizen should be able to vote without interference of any kind. Unless you truly believe this and are willing to act on it, you’re either kidding yourself, or, worse, only in favor of counting votes for “your” candidate.

    2. Repugs. As an educator retired. I beg you to consider the lessons you are teaching our youth by your actions to supress the rights og ALL Americans. To teach lies, hate, and division, by your words and actions iss deploring. To steal our DEMOCRACY by your words and actions is not reprehensible. Stop. Get rid the filibuster and heal the scourge you have plunged ua into.

    3. Nor with regard to any sort of disability shall the right to vote or to have one’s voice be heard be abridged for any citizen of, nor applicant for Citizenship toThe United States of America!!!●

  18. Service to our nation and ALL of its people is the duty of our government representatives. This partisan minority rule strategy is ultimately doomed and may weaken the very foundation of our union. The Republican party must end the strategies that do nothing to truly unify and strengthen our nation as a whole. Stop playing a win/lose national strategy and collaborate to lead our nation forward to our shared future.

  19. One person, one vote. That was the practice for years.
    Why would you oppose the rights of legal citizens to vote? Not allowing participants to vote, with fairness and ease is cheating.
    I’m won’t support elected officials who support unfair election practices.
    Play nice!

  20. Hopefully, the For the People Act (S.1) will end the unfounded discourse about voter fraud in the 2020 election and promote every citizen’s right to voice their choice by their vote. Lawmakers should not be finding ways to stifle our Constitutional rights, but rather to empower us to enjoy the liberty afforded us by the Constitution. “Cutting corners” to win an election simply causes us to doubt the veracity of those sitting in the hallowed halls of Congress.

  21. Every citizen deserves the right to vote! We should make it as easy as possible while maintaining the security of the ballot. We should accommodate those with special needs and do everything we can to make it possible for every eligible person to register and to vote.

  22. Our right to vote, safely, and freely, is paramount in our United States. No one has the right to interfere with our choices in voting, nor putting obstacles in our way to vote.

  23. S1 Needs to Be Passed and Signed into LAW by President Joe Biden Jr!
    Seems Like not even 10 RINO Party US Senators even Believe that Every Single US Citizen over the age of 18 should Have Their Constitutional RIGHT To VOTE Guaranteed under Federal LAW?

        1. Stop voter suppression! It is un-American! There was no voter fraud in the 2020 election!

        2. Sir, You have it WRONG. Only citizens deserve the right to vote. Not all the illegals and dead persons the Dems are pushing for the right to vote. Voting rights need to stop at a person’s death. No more “voter harvesting” in future years, if you’re too damn lazy to get out and turn in your own ballot, it should not count.

    1. Please do the right thing for students, their families, and Educators throughout this great nation.

      1. Mam, You have it WRONG. Only citizens deserve the right to vote. Not all the illegals and dead persons the Dems are pushing for the right to vote. Voting rights need to stop at a person’s death. No more “voter harvesting” in future years, if you’re too damn lazy to get out and turn in your own ballot, it should not count.

    2. Stop voter suppression! It is un-American! There was no voter fraud in the 2020 election!

    3. AP this is nothing more than an attempt to get more illegal voting and controlling elections. Who are you kidding?

    4. Yes, we should be allowed to vote. I feel we are going backward instead of forward. You are taking away our voting rights in the United States of America. This is so wrong.

  24. My representatives in the Senate are Democrats who agree with us. We need to bombard the Republican Senators with our strong message.

  25. We need to make it easier for people to vote in our democracy and each and every eligible voter should have a voice that counts.

  26. This is the most outrageous thing I’ve seen in my 66 years, that the people who are suppose to represent us are trying to become a monarchy of wealth and power. Do none of them remember the French Revolution? They all need to be put in time out, I’ve seen toddlers with netter manners and common sense.

    1. The day is coming when those who stand in the way of letting BPIOC have the freedom to vote will have to answer for their actions. Amos 5:10-12

    2. I agree with your statement. It’s sad that a lot of these comments are coming from people know nothing about the voting system and how it works. Make it easier to vote?? Yeah, make it easier for Illegals to vote. What we don’t want is make it harder to for one political party to CHEAT.

  27. I will NOT forfeit my voting right because if Yahoo Trump minions. The was a fair and safe election, and we have come too far to allow ANYONE to impede our voting rights!!!

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