“The American people all over this country understand that now is the time to act,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Senate Republicans, who hold the minority, blocked debate on the bill that would massively expand voting rights Tuesday.
The senator’s argument comes just as Republicans are about to use the filibuster to block voting rights legislation.
The legislation combats GOP efforts to remove election officials for partisan reasons and challenge voters’ eligibility.
Republicans are poised to block a procedural vote on Tuesday that would begin formal debate on the For the People Act.
Sen. Joe Manchin appeared to encourage donors to use their influence to help him prove the filibuster should stay.
Frustrated progressives have suggested the leaders are using Senator Manchin as a scapegoat for blocking voting rights.
The senator said blocking Obama’s nominee in 2016 was the “most consequential thing” he did as Senate majority leader.
Under Trump, Republicans passed 14 Congressional Review Act resolutions. This term, Democrats only passed 3.
Only a hard turn toward the reconciliation process has any real chance of resolving the infrastructure impasse.