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Democrats are bracing for defeat on their sweeping elections bill being brought for a procedural vote Tuesday — after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed the bill as a “disastrous proposal” and a “power grab,” and key Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has come out in opposition to abolishing the filibuster. The For the People Act, which passed the House in March, is arguably the most hot-button piece of legislation dividing Washington. Republicans have warned the bill would create distrust by turning over the election process to the federal government’s control. The package was pushed by Democrats earlier this year in an effort to undo some states’ attempts to tighten voting laws following the 2020 election. “We can argue what should be done to protect voting rights and safeguard our democracy, but don’t you think we should be able to debate the issue?” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Monday while justifying moving forward without the necessary votes. The House-passed package aims to “expand access” to the polls, put an end to gerrymandering and set up public funding for congressional races.

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