Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) indicated before Congress went on recess that Sen. Jeff Merkley’s (D-Ore.) election reform “For the People” Act would be the top priority for congressional Democrats upon their return. This comes after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) successfully blocked debate on the bill earlier this month. In the evenly divided Senate, Democrats will have a tough battle to pass the legislation as Republicans stand together in unanimous opposition to the bill.
A bill seeking to make Washington, D.C. the 51st state is slated for a House vote. The Democrat-led proposal will head to the floor on Thursday in a move House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has claimed will “reaffirm the truth that all deserve a voice in our democracy.”