Senate Will Vote On “Freedom To Vote Act” Next Week

Senate will hold a procedural vote next week on voting legislation, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced.
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WASHINGTON — The Senate will hold a procedural vote next week on voting legislation, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced.

In a letter to his caucus Thursday, the New York Democrat said he plans to set up the procedural vote on the Freedom to Vote Act for next Wednesday.

The legislation is a response to a raft of new laws that have been implemented in Republican-controlled states creating new limits including reducing early voting and limiting access to mail-in ballots. The new laws have been fueled by former President Donald Trump's continued false claims that voter fraud was the reason he lost the 2020 election.

Democrats have argued the new Republican-backed laws amount to voter suppression and will make it harder for people, especially poor people and minorities, to vote. Democrats argue the federal rules are needed to block the Republican-backed changes.

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