US Voting Right Bill Defeated

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The Facts

  • Congressional Democrats suffered two legislative defeats on Wednesday night when the Voting Rights Bill and reform to filibuster rules were both voted down after a day of debate.

  • Senate Majority Leader Schumer aimed to lower the threshold for passing voting legislation to a simple majority, to help push forward Democratic bills.

The Spin

Left narrative

Trump's misinformation about voting rights legislation has proliferated and is damaging American democracy. Filibuster rules are changed routinely and all Democrats should support reform to help protect voting rights.

Right narrative

The proposed change of filibuster rules embodied an assault on the identity and function of the Senate. An exacerbation of dysfunctional hyperpartisanship was narrowly averted.

Political split



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