Senator Mark Warner is reportedly supporting a “little waiver” from filibuster to pass voting rights legislation.
Warner has said he supports the For the People Act and lamented the series of restrictive ballot bills led by the GOP.
He lamented the outcome of the 2013 obstruction rule change regarding the Supreme Court.
Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia said on Sunday he would support a “small exclusion” from filibuster to pass voting rights legislation.
On Fox News Sunday, he warned against turning the Senate into a House, where the majority party wields enormous influence over legislation, stressing the importance of preserving voting rights.
“I don’t want the Senate to become like the House,” Warner said. “But I believe that when it comes to voting rights, when it comes to this fundamental right to exercise and participate in democracy, I am very worried about what is happening in some of these states where they penalize by done, saying if you give someone water while waiting in line to vote, or in states like Texas where they say a local government can overcome the results of a local election. is not democracy. “
He added: “If we are to make a small exception to the obstruction of voting rights, this is the only area where I would allow this kind of reform.”
Warner supports the broad voting rights legislation known as the For the People Act, also identified as S.1, which would end partisan gerrymandering, expand advance and postal voting, establish national standards for voter registration and eradicate voter purges, among other measures.
Democrats would also like to pass the John Lewis Advancement of Voting Rights Act, which restore Federal pre-clearance of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 which was weakened in the 2013 Supreme Court decision Shelby County v. Holder.
Former President Donald Trump false electoral declarations have only deepened the partisan division over voting rights, and the congressional leaders of the GOP have go out against Democrat-led ballot bills.
Last month a vote to advance the For the People Act failed 50-50, with the Democrats unable to win the support of the Republicans. For the bill to pass under current rules, it would have to meet the 60 vote threshold to overcome legislative obstruction.
In an equally divided Senate, this task became almost impossible, especially since the Bill can not be adopted by the process of budget reconciliation and the moderate democratic senses. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona oppose the complete removal of the filibuster.
Democrats, who have strongly opposed the string of restrictive voting bills that were passed this year in states like Arizona and Florida, feel the window for voting rights is narrowing as the elections approach. 2022 midterm elections.
In the interview, Warner questioned former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s 2013 decision to change the filibuster rules for most presidential candidates, which need only a simple majority.
“I wish we hadn’t even started this ten years ago,” he said. “When the Democratic leadership actually changed the rules, I don’t think we would have the Supreme Court if we still had a 60-vote margin on filibuster.”
He added: “But we are where we are, and the idea that one way or another to protect the rights of the minority in the Senate, we are going to take away the rights of minorities and young people all over the place. country, it’s just not fair to me. “
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