|Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks with reporters before a key test vote on the For the People Act, a sweeping bill that would overhaul the election system and voting rights, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, June 22, 2021. (Photo by=AP/J. Scott Applewhite)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] US Republicans blocked a Democratic bid to implement nationwide election rules, a cherished priority of President Joe Biden's party. BBC reported that the huge bill - which sought to make it easier for Americans to vote - ended up deadlocked 50-50 along party lines.
Mr. Biden said the issue was the "fight of his presidency", but some Democrats accuse him of not fighting hard enough. Advocates say the bill would’ve been the most far-reaching election measure since the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It comes as Republican-led states advance proposals - which Mr. Biden has depicted as racially discriminatory - to tighten election laws, and as former President Donald Trump, a Republican, continues to peddle unfounded claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him. The Democrats' For the People Act passed the House of Representatives in March in a near party-line vote, with one Democrat joining all Republicans in opposing the bill.
Additionally, the legislation would have introduced 15 days of early voting, made election day a public holiday, and guaranteed automatic voter registration for anyone with a driver's license. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said of the Democrats' proposal: "It's always been a plan to rewrite the ground rules of American politics." Some Democrats accused Mr. Biden of not campaigning for the bill energetically enough.