As the Senate leaves, the House prepares for the return of the August recess
Last Friday, the House administration committee released a report alleging that recent voting restrictions discriminated against minority voters. This is part of trying to argue that new legislation is needed to tackle discriminatory electoral laws and policies.
“Among the laws we will probably pass is HR 4, John Lewis’s voting rights law. This vital bill honors the legacy of John Lewis and the heroes of the civil rights movement by restoring protections in the 1965 Voting Rights Act that were removed in the disastrous decisions of Shelby v. Holder in 2013 and in the recent Brnovich caseHoyer wrote to his colleagues.
The Senate is working on a similar path, with Schumer touting the work of a group of Senate Democrats from across the ideological spectrum in the caucus to come up with a compromise voting rights bill that could at least unify the Democratic side.
“Voting rights will be the very first legislative issue when the Senate returns,” highlighting the procedural steps it has taken to organize a vote limiting debate on passing a legislative vehicle for a possible compromise in September. But in the absence of any action to curb the use of filibuster, such legislation seems to have no chance of progressing in the Senate.
The return of the two chambers in mid-September will also come when the Treasury Department is expected to be on the verge of exhausting so-called extraordinary measures to avoid default on the national debt. In addition, the end of the fiscal year is September 30, with no agreement yet on the most important expenses.
“I can’t believe the Republicans will let the country default,” Schumer said, adding that one of the reasons Democrats aren’t planning to use reconciliation to raise or suspend the debt limit is because the process “limits what you can do there.”