Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi praised voting rights legislation that the House voted on Thursday.
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Democrats are trying to force a public showdown over their sweeping elections legislation, aiming to launch debate on a key party priority even though there’s no assurance the bill will come to a vote.
The effort in the House is seen as part of a workaround to avoid a Republican filibuster that for months has blocked formal debate over the legislation on the Senate floor.
Yet President Joe Biden’s hopes of passing voting legislation over GOP opposition were dashed Thursday as moderate Democrat Krysten Sinema said she wouldn’t support his plan to change Senate rules and muscle the measure through the chamber.
Pelosi also reacted to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s refusal to cooperate with a request by the House panel investigating the U.S. Capitol insurrection.
The panel asked McCarthy to submit to an interview and turn over records pertaining to the deadly riot. Pelosi said McCarthy “has an obligation as we seek the truth to help with that, but up to the committee as to what they do next.”