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Live updates Democrats, White House regroup on expanding voting access after GOP blocks bill

Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) on June 22 slammed Republicans for blocking debate on the For the People Act. (Video: The Washington Post)
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The White House and Democrats are regrouping on expanding ballot access after Senate Republicans blocked an expansive voting rights bill, dealing a blow to federal efforts to counter state-imposed limits in Republican-led states. In a statement after the vote Tuesday, President Biden said, “This fight is far from over.”

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“Senate Republicans opposed even a debate — even considering — legislation to protect the right to vote and our democracy. It was the suppression of a bill to end voter suppression — another attack on voting rights that is sadly not unprecedented,” Biden said.

The president met in the afternoon with Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell to discuss how the agency is preparing for natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires this summer.

Here’s what to know

  • Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) wrote a Washington Post op-ed about her opposition to eliminating the filibuster.
  • Vice President Harris cast the tiebreaking vote on advancing the nomination of Kiran Ahuja, Biden’s choice to lead the Office of Personnel Management.
  • New Yorkers are voting in a primary to choose a candidate to succeed Mayor Bill de Blasio (D).
  • Former president Donald Trump’s company is suing the city of New York over the cancellation of a contract to run a city-owned golf course in the Bronx.