Democrats suffered a severe defeat over the electoral reform bill Tuesday night as Republicans blocked Joe Biden’s plans. Strengthen voting rights All over the United States.
The confrontation in the US Senate was the first test of Mr. Biden’s “People’s Law,” but failed to get Republican support because it hampered the bill.
In a White House statement, Biden described the vote as “a strong opposition wall to the Republican Party,” which is “the suppression of the bill to end the oppression of voters-sadly another to unprecedented voting rights.” Equivalent to “attack”.
“Senators opposed even the debate and even consideration of legislation to protect the right to vote and our democracy,” Biden said.
“Let’s be clear. This battle is not over yet … we will step up our efforts to overcome it again for the sake of the people and for our democracy.”
Even before the vote, reservations for the bill were raised by left-wing senators who felt it wasn’t well underway, but they eventually voted in line with party policy.
Democrats needed all 50 senators and 10 Republicans to vote on the bill to allow discussions and amendments to move the bill forward and shape the final bill.
The house was split 50-50 and announced that Vice President Kamala Harris had acted as Senate Chair and did not agree to the motion.
“The Republicans have just begun a party blockade of imminent issues here in the US Senate, as important as voting rights,” said Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer.
However, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell called the bill a “radical proposal” aimed at permanently “equiping” US election rules in favor of the Democratic Party. called.
His election reform plan failed Tuesday night, but Mr Biden sought to promote one major legislation passed, $ 1.9 trillion (£ 1.4 trillion). Covid relief package..
He urged Americans to sign up for the government’s new and expanded child tax credit system. It allows families to charge up to $ 3,600 (£ 2,600) per child each year-an 80 percent increase from the previous cap.
Eligible families receive that amount per child under the age of 6 and receive $ 3,000 (£ 2,200) per year for each child between the ages of 6 and 17. Previously, the maximum amount per child was $ 2,000 (£ 1,400).
Biden said the plan would help reduce child poverty and hopes to expand by the end of 2021.