Voting rights: Senator Bernie Sanders signals his openness to Senator Joe Manchin’s compromise proposal
Sanders told Bash he viewed the House bill as a “serious and comprehensive effort to protect American democracy,” adding, “We will see what evolves here in the Senate.”
The Senate is about to vote on whether to advance electoral legislation, the so-called People’s Law, in its current form which lacks Republican support and falls short of the 60 votes needed to pass.
Manchin has long said he believes any change of this magnitude must also have the support of Republicans.
In trying to woo Republicans to support a compromise effort, he held a teleconference with several GOP senators – although the prospects of winning 60 Senate votes 50-50 are extremely dire.