Senate fails to advance sweeping voting rights bill

The Senate failed to advance a sweeping voting rights bill Tuesday, stalling the Democratic legislation aimed at countering recent restrictive state measures pursued in Republican-led states. The Senate failed to advance the For the People Act to the floor for a debate. In a vote of 50-50, it fell short of the 60 needed to overcome a GOP filibuster.All Democratic Senators voted to begin debate, and the Republicans unanimously voted to block it. The For the People Act is largely hailed by Democrats as being necessary because Republican-led states have introduced a slew of new voting restrictions that civil rights groups fear could suppress the vote for marginalized groups and make it harder to vote overall. Savannah Behrmann, Courtney Subramanian, Phillip M. Bailey, USA Today. 

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