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Newspaper La Jornada
Friday, January 21, 2022, p. 24

Washington. US senators dealt a fatal blow to the electoral reform project promoted by President Joe Biden to defend the right to vote for minorities.

The senators refused to initiate the only procedure that could have allowed the Democrats to put this project to a vote without the votes of the Republicans, who strongly oppose this text.

I am deeply disappointed that the Senate has not defended our democracy. I am disappointed, but not deterred, Biden tweeted, after a vote in the upper house last night.

Democrats and suffrage rights activists defended the bill as a necessary response to Republican efforts to restrict the vote, especially among blacks and Latinos.

Conservative-governed states have spent the past year taking advantage of former President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims about voter fraud in the 2020 election to introduce a series of regulations that complicate the exercise of the vote.

The project promoted by Biden would have guaranteed the right to vote by mail, the polls and at least two weeks of early voting, in addition to making Election Day a national holiday.

The Senate is divided equally with 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats and in case of a tie, Vice President Kamala Harris decides.

Without Republican senators breaking ranks, Democrats were unable to get past the 60-vote threshold required to bring the bill to a vote.

In any case, the investigations into the attempted coup d’état with the break-in to Congress in January of last year by Trump supporters increasingly close the circle around the former president. The congressional commission investigating these events asked the daughter and then Trump adviser, Ivanka, to cooperate voluntarily with the investigation.

The committee on Tuesday issued subpoenas for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a key figure in Trump’s failed attempt to nullify the 2020 election, and three other Trump allies.