Democrats, including U.S. President Joe Biden, said they would persist in their efforts to expand ballot access. As I have said before, the right to vote is fundamental to our American democracy and protecting that right should not be about party or politics. Manchin, who had been the caucus' lone holdout, Democrats can now present a united front in supporting the bill, creating a contrast with Republicans whom they plan to bludgeon on the campaign trail over the measure.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is signaling that she is poised to create a new committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, pushing closer to a partisan investigation of the attack after Senate Republicans blocked the creation of an independent probe.
In anticipation of the Senate vote Tuesday evening on the For the People Act, a bill meant to expand voting rights and counter restrictive voting laws pushed by GOP lawmakers, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., denounced Republican efforts to stop the legislation from being passed.
Still, those numbers weren't strong enough to overcome GOP opposition in the Senate, where support from 1O Republicans is needed to pass most bills if all Democrats vote yes. Mr. Manchin was also not on board with the legislation, citing a lack of bipartisanship, but joined his fellow Democrats at the eleventh hour, after some of his suggested modifications (on voter ID and gerrymandering) were accepted.
"The Senate is no obstacle to voting laws done the right way", and "the Senate is only an obstacle when the policy is flawed and the process is rotten".
Priorities USA, a Democratic super PAC, on Tuesday pledged $20 million as an "initial" investment to fund programs targeting voters who may be effected by new Republican-backed voting restrictions, announcing the effort ahead of a crucial Senate vote.
Whether that was ever a possibility is debatable.
Last week, 21 Republicans voted against giving medals of honor to Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police to thank them for their service that day. "And we will continue on in every way we can".
The bill's legislative difficulties have reinvigorated Democratic calls for the Senate to take the radical step of eliminating a tactic known as the filibuster, thereby allowing legislation to pass with a simple majority of 51 votes. Republican lawmakers have rebuked the sweeping legislation, while Democrats argue it is a necessary counterweight to various restrictive voting measures red states are imposing. Democrats themselves used the filibuster to block Republican bills during Mr Trump's presidency.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is followed by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington.
If the filibuster remains intact, a question mark hangs over much of Mr Biden's political agenda. The crisis of American democracy is upon us, with consequences none of us can or should ignore.