South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham went scorched earth on Democrats over their “voting rights” bill.
During an interview on Fox News, Graham slammed the Democrats’ voting rights bill, called the For the People Act, as nothing more than a “power grab.”
Graham said, “In my view, SR1 is the biggest power grab in the history of the country.”
“It mandates ballot harvesting, no voter ID, it does away with the states being able to redistrict when you have population shifts. It’s just a bad idea,” he continued.
“States are in charge of voting in America so I don’t like the idea of taking the power to redistrict away from state legislators. You have people moving from blue states to red states,” Graham said.
“Under this proposal, you would have some kind of commission redraw the new districts and I don’t like that. I want states where people are moving to have control over how to allocate new congressional seats. So as much as I like Joe Manchin, the answer would be no,” he added.
Democrats can’t pass the “power grab” voting rights bill right now because they need 60 votes in the Senate.
They want to end the Senate filibuster so that they can pass legislation with a simple majority, which is just 51 votes.
The Senate is currently tied at 50-50, but Vice President Kamala Harris can cast the tie-breaking vote and give Democrats the majority.
Democrats want to end the filibuster so they can ram through several of their radical policies, but they can’t afford a single Democrat to vote against them.
They need all 50 of their votes, which is why West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin has become such a critical figure.
Manchin has remained clear about one thing: he is not going to support ending the Senate filibuster.
Earlier this month, Manchin told Vox that he rejected the idea of passing a voting bill, the so-called For the People Act with Democrats only.
“How in the world could you, with the tension we have right now, allow a voting bill to restructure the voting of America on a partisan line?” Manchin asked.
He also made that unequivocally clear again a few weeks ago.
Manchin wrote in the Washington Post that under “no circumstance” will he support ending the filibuster, which would allow the Democrats to pass many of their radical ideas without any Republican support.
Manchin also said would be “opposed to using the budget reconciliation process, under which certain legislation requires only a majority vote, again to circumvent the filibuster, an avenue Senate Democrats have considered for passing Biden’s ambitious infrastructure package.”