HR 4: John Lewis Voting Rights Act
In 2013, the Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder gutted key provisions of the Voting Rights Act and set the stage for the rampant increase in voter suppression we’ve seen throughout the country. The original Voting Rights Act of 1965 required states with a record of racial disrimination and voter suppression to submit any change in election procedures for approval in advance before any changes could take place. This approval process was called preclearance. H.R. 4, which is named after the late congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, a man who risked his life for the right to vote, would restore the Voting Rights Act after it was gutted by the Supreme Court in 2013 and re-establish the preclearance requirements ... However, voter ID, and other voter protection elements are wildly popular with voters ( 75% support voter ID).

How does Schumer plan to 'fix' the filibuster?

from The Gray Area:

There is renewed chatter amongst Democrats about weakening the filibuster. On Monday, Sen. Schumer announced that the Senate would debate or consider “reforms” to the filibuster before Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Democrats tie push on election laws to anniversary of Jan. 6 attack on Capitol by Trump supporters. In the Senator's letter to his Democrat caucus he says: The Senate must evolve, like it has many times before. The Senate was designed to evolve and has evolved many times in our history. Using former Democrat KKK leader for inspiration he added: As former Senator Robert Byrd famously said, Senate Rules “must be changed to reflect changed circumstances.” Put more plainly by Senator Byrd, “Congress is not obliged to be bound by the dead hand of the past.” It is clear he will make whatever changes to the filibuster that are necessary to pass the Election takeover bill (For The People Act) and the BBB. How the Senate filibuster rules would be changed remains under discussion.

It seems certain that a full-scale end of the filibuster is out of reach for Democrats. Changing the rules would need all 50 votes, and Manchin and Sinema have made it clear they are unwilling to go that far. The following Senators have indicated they may be open to weakening the filibuster, and are up for reelection this year and especially need to hear from their constituents. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) Senators are wary of a sweeping overhaul after seeing the fallout that came from Democrats ending the filibuster for some judicial and executive branch nominees. Once Republicans took power, Sen. Mitch McConnell, the GOP leader, did away with the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations — ushering three Trump-picked conservative justices to the high court. Private talks with senators have been underway for weeks and continued during the holiday break. Ideas include forcing senators to hold the floor, old-fashioned style, rather than simply raise their filibuster objections. Other ideas are also being considered.

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