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Sen. Blunt Says Voting Rights Bill Needed Changes That Were Not Allowed

(Missourinet) Missouri’s US Senator Roy Blunt explained why he and other Senate Republicans refused to support a rules change and passage of voting and elections legislation.

A voting and elections bill– eventually failed in the Senate– after Democrats were unable to pass a rules change.

Blunt is the the top Republican on the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, which has jurisdiction over election legislation.

He says the contents in the Democrat-led bill have been considered before–before the pandemic

Blunt says the John Lewis Voting Rights Act has changed:

“I traveled with him, I laughed with him, I liked him a lot, I admired him a lot. The Voting Rights Act was 12 pages when it was introduced in 1965. The John Lewis Voting Rights provisions here, which have a great name, but they are 120 pages. I voted to extend the Voting Rights Act and I’d do it again. And I’d be proud to do it if it was named after John Lewis, but 735 pages? Saying that if we don’t vote for that 735 pages somehow we’re opposed to the Voting Rights Act? Or opposed to the heroism of John Lewis? I don’t think so.

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