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Democrats ponder Plan B strategy to circumvent voting rights filibuster

Added 01-18-22 11:56:02am EST - “Senate Democrats are scrambling for a Plan B to pass voting rights legislation after Sens.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Democrats ponder Plan B strategy to circumvent voting rights filibuster”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Senate Democrats are scrambling for a Plan B to pass voting rights legislation after Sens. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaPelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting rights Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Martin Luther King III: Biden, senators need to use same energy to pass voting rights as they did for infrastructure MORE (D-Ariz.) and Joe ManchinJoe ManchinPelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting rights Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Martin Luther King III: Biden, senators need to use same energy to pass voting rights as they did for infrastructure MORE (D-W.Va.) announced last week that they would not vote to change the Senate’s filibuster rule despite the pleading of President BidenJoe BidenMacro grid will keep the lights on Pelosi suggests filibuster supporters 'dishonor' MLK's legacy on voting rights Sanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown MORE.   

Now some Democrats are discussing a novel approach to circumventing a Republican filibuster that may allow voting rights legislation to pass with 51 votes without changing the Senate’s rules.

These Democrats, including Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat This week: Democrats set for showdown on voting rights, filibuster Democrats see good chance of Garland prosecuting Trump MORE (D-Va.), are exploring the possibility of forcing Senate Republicans to actually hold the floor with speeches and procedural motions.

They hope that the Republican opposition may tire itself out after a few days or weeks and that Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerKelly takes under-the-radar approach in Arizona Senate race Hundreds attend mass funeral for victims of Bronx apartment building fire Romney: I never got a call from White House to discuss voting rights MORE (D-N.Y.) may be able to then call for a simple-majority vote on final passage and skip the formal procedural vote — known as cloture — on ending debate.  

"There are a couple of paths here. Do we go down the path and do a long debate until it's done and then have a simple debate?" Kaine told reporters last week.    

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