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VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS: “The motion is not accepted.” The vote to open debate on a sweeping voting rights bill failed Tuesday in the Senate, after Republicans blocked Democrats’ attempt to push forward a measure that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democracy critic.SCHUMER: “This vote, I’m ashamed to say, is further proof that voter suppression has become part of the official Republican Party platform.” Earlier, Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – who hopes to regain control of the Senate in 2022 – argued that Bill S. 1 violates state rights. MCCONNELL: “Right now the rotten, inner cogs of this takeover have been completely exposed to the light.” Although the Senate’s 50 Democrats were united in the vote – after moderate resistance fighter Joe Manchin agreed to vote with his party – they were unable to secure the 60 votes needed to avoid an obstruction and move forward with the measure. Some Congressional Democrats have said they hope losing the vote to open debate on the bill would provide an opportunity to scrap the filibuster rule that allows the Senate minority to block most bills. law. Manchin is also hindering this effort, along with his moderate Democratic colleague Kyrsten Sinema.SCHUMER: “The fight to protect voting rights is not over.” The voting rights bill – known as the People’s Law – has been a top Democrat priority, as it could offset a wave of laws passed in Republican-controlled states that make more difficult to vote. Republican state lawmakers justified their new voting limits – some of which reverse expanded access to voting in the 2020 election – citing former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit f alse claims his resounding defeat in the year last was the result of widespread fraud. But a Reuters / Ipsos poll conducted last week showed that a majority of Americans generally want to expand access to the vote, and many oppose the more restrictive measures sought in Republican-controlled states. .