Fixing American Democracy as the Democrats’ First Order of Business
We begin with the priority the Democrats in the House and Senate are trying to make their first order of business with H.R.1, the “For the People Act” and its Senate counterpart S.1. But in order to restore voting rights, reform campaign finance and enhance ethics enforcement, the Democrats would need to get rid of the filibuster. Meanwhile the Republicans are running with Trump’s lies that he won an election that was stolen from him and are trying to push through laws in State Houses based on those lies to suppress votes and limit voting rights. Joining us is Paul Blumenthal, a reporter in Washington D.C. who covers campaign finance, congressional investigations and elections for The Huffington Post where he has an article “Senate Democrats Announce First Order of Business For New Majority: Fixing Democracy.” We discuss whether Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema who are opposed to ending the filibuster, can be persuaded that nothing can be accomplished unless a national standard is set to expand voting rights, ban dark money and gerrymandering and establish a system of publicly-financed elections.
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