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Democratic leaders have found a mechanism to bypass an initial Republican obstruction and debate the party’s major election reform bills, according to a new memo obtained by Axios.

Why is this important: The strategy is the latest example of how Democrats are looking for new ways to try to get around Senate procedures that block their agenda. But the end result will likely be the same: insufficient support to change the 60-vote threshold needed to push through sweeping voting rights reforms.

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Driving the news: The House is expected to pass an amendment in the coming days regarding NASA’s leasing of “underutilized” properties to private groups. Democratic leaders call this the “seashell bill.”

  • He will then remove this legislation from its current wording and replace it with the text of the Freedom to Vote Act and the Advancement of Voting Rights Act of John Lewis.

  • The House would then pass the updated bill and send it to the Senate as a “message.” Next, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) will table a motion supporting the House amendment.

Between the lines: This would allow the Senate – for the first time – to quickly seize the bill and debate it in the chamber.

  • So far, whenever Schumer has attempted to introduce the two election bills, Republicans have even prevented it from being debated by opposing a closing vote on the motion to proceed.

To note: This flawed process is similar to the strategy Congress used last month to quickly adopt and eventually push through a debt limit increase and avoid default.

Be smart: Regardless of this new tactic, the Senate would still need to lower the number of 60 obstructing votes in order to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the Advancement Laws of John Lewis in the face of the total opposition from Republicans to the bills.

  • But the senses. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) Are against nuclear filibuster in order to do so, which means the bills will likely fail.

  • The fight to change or bypass the filibuster will now take place when Schumer ends the debate on the legislation.

  • Meetings between top Senate Democrats Manchin and Sinema continue this week on a potential path to changing Senate rules.

What they say : “Taking advantage of this existing exception to Senate qualified majority requirements will allow us to end the Republicans’ ability to block debate on voting rights legislation, ”Schumer said in the note to Senate Democrats.

  • “The Senate will finally debate the voting rights legislation, and then each senator will have to choose whether or not to pass the legislation to protect our democracy.”

  • “Of course, to end the debate and pass the voting rights legislation, we’ll need 10 Republicans to join us – what we know from past experience won’t happen – or we’ll have to change Senate rules like this has been done several times before. “

And after: The House is expected to vote on the “shell bill” tomorrow, and then the Senate will immediately deal with the bill.

  • His goal of voting on a set of Senate rule changes that would allow Democrats to bypass the filibuster and pass electoral reforms by Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, remains in effect, according to his team.

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