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Senate Republicans block the Freedom to Vote Act

On October 20th, Republican Senators unanimously blocked the Freedom to Vote Act from advancing in the Senate by a 49-51 vote.

The bill moves to expand voting access and voter registration, boost voter system security and establish Election Day as a federal holiday.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said, “Every single Republican Senator blocked this chamber from having a debate – simply a debate – on protecting Americans’ right to vote in free and fair elections.”

Following the vote’s conclusion, Schumer changed his vote to “no” as a parliamentary maneuver to forward a motion for vote reconsideration.

Before the Senate vote, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated, “as long as Senate Democrats remain fixated on their radical agenda, this body will continue to do the job the framers assigned it, and stop terrible ideas in their tracks.”


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