Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote a letter to the Democratic caucus saying that he will force a vote on the For the People Act to overhaul elections next month.
“In the last week of the June work period, the Senate will vote on S.1., the For the People Act, legislation that is essential to defending our democracy, reducing the influence of dark money and powerful special interests, and stopping the wave of Republican voter suppression happening in the states across the country in service of President Trump’s Big Lie,” Schumer wrote.
The bill passed the House on party lines in March.
Earlier this month, the Senate Rules Committee deadlocked on the bill. Republicans voted strongly against the bill. Democrats are looking to pass the bill to bolster democracy as Republican lawmakers have introduced voting restrictions in states across the country.
Schumer also plans to bring up several other bills in June that are sure to bring attention to the debate on ending the filibuster.
He plans to acknowledge the paycheck fairness bill that Republicans filibustered during President Barack Obama’s presidency. He will also bring up the House-passed LGBTQ+ equality bill and a gun-reform measure.
“Bipartisan talks on background checks continue. But frankly, it’s a little nuts that we need to be negotiating on a proposal that is supported by 90% of the American public. I’m open to a compromise, but it’s got to be good enough to save lives,” Senator Chris Murphy said.
“The June work period will be extremely challenging. I want to be clear that the next few weeks will be hard and will test our resolve as a Congress and a conference,” the Senate Majority Leader wrote in the letter.