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"And since I left office, I've tried to make it a policy not to weigh in on the day-to-day scrum in Washington, but what's happening this week is more than just a particular bill coming up or not coming up to a vote", he said.

"Congressional action on federal voting rights legislation must be the result of both Democrats and Republicans coming together to find a pathway forward or we risk further dividing and destroying the republic we swore to protect and defend as elected officials", the proposal said. The same was true with the January 6 Commission bill, which enjoyed bipartisan support and may actually have passed with the GOP demands, but a slate of officials left town for the vote.

Activists and many Democratic lawmakers say reforming or scrapping the filibuster is necessary to pass legislation to move forward on key parts of President Joe Biden's agenda, including on voting rights.

Republicans in the U.S. Senate successfully blocked a motion to advance a sweeping elections bill on Tuesday, preventing Democrats from passing one of their top legislative priorities.

"The so-called "For the People Act" is a despicable, disingenuous attempt to strip states of their constitutional right to administer elections, and should never come close to reaching the president's desk", Capito said. Mr. Manchin was also not on board with the legislation, citing a lack of bipartisanship, but joined his fellow Democrats at the eleventh hour, after some of his suggested modifications (on voter ID and gerrymandering) were accepted. House Republicans adjourned until Thursday, while the Senate pressed on the budget.

House Democrats passed the bill by a vote of 220-210 in March, but the measure's fate in the Senate was always in question, given that Democrats need at least 10 Republicans to support it to overcome a filibuster and bring the bill to a vote.

Arizona House Democrats have delayed passage of a state budget including a major tax cut primarily benefiting the wealthy.

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Republicans weren't willing even to debate the bill, or offer amendments.

While the outcome of the vote was not unexpected, Democrats are using it to argue that Republicans are engaged in systemic voter suppression and a case in point for why the filibuster must be ended. "Are we going to let the most dishonest president in history continue to poison our democracy from the inside?"

"As much as I like Joe Manchin, the answer would be no", he added, continuing to rail against the voting rights proposals Democrats have largely been pushing for.

"Equally unacceptable, totally inappropriate", Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters on Thursday.

Some Democrats accused Mr Biden of not campaigning for the bill energetically enough.

Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia had pushed for a bipartisan deal, even offering an alternative version of the bill that was not as far-reaching. It allowed those voting in person to present only a sworn statement attesting to being who they said they were.

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