U.S. Senate Republicans block voting rights bill as Democrats’ patience wears thin

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By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A bill aimed at thwarting restrictive new voting laws enacted in Republican-led states failed to advance in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, as Republican lawmakers blocked a Democratic effort to begin debating the measure. It was the third time this year Senate Democrats tried to advance a voting rights bill in reaction to new state balloting restrictions that were fueled by Donald Trump’s false claims of a stolen 2020 presidential election. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said it would not be the last time. “The fight to protect our democracy is far f…

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