GOP ready to block elections bill in Senate showdown

Mitch McConnell

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., heads to the chamber to begin the week as Democrats try to advance President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 21, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Democrats’ expansive elections and voting bill is all but certain to be rejected in a key Senate test vote.

The action Tuesday is expected to provide a dramatic example of Republicans’ use of the filibuster to block legislation.

It’s also forcing hard questions for Democrats over next steps.

Backers of the For the People bill see it as the civil rights issue of the era and say it’s needed to protect voting rights as states impose restrictive new laws.

In the evenly split Senate, Republicans are united in opposition.

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