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Senate Republicans Wednesday filibustered Democrat-backed election legislation, denying it the 60 votes it needed to advance and setting up a potential “nuclear option” gambit by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to use a party-line vote to lower the filibuster threshold for the legislation. All Republicans voted against a procedural vote on the legislation, which combines two major election bills. The result was a 49–51 vote after Schumer, D‑N.Y., changed his vote to the prevailing side so we could offer a motion to reconsider. All other Democrats voted in the affirmative. Now Schumer is expected initiate a “nuclear option” to try to get rid of the 60-vote threshold entirely so Democrats can pass their election legislation. 
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D‑N.Y., waits to speak during an event to mark one year since the U.S. Capitol insurrection on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)MANCHIN ACCUSES FELLOW DEMS OF TAKING ‘EASY WAY OUT’ WITH FILIBUSTER NUCLEAR OPTION VOTE“We will all confront a critical question: Shall members …

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