Democrats vow ‘long march’ toward voting rights reforms


Democrats in the U.S. Congress suffered a bruising defeat in their drive to pass a major election reform bill but said there are more tools at their disposal to overcome Republican efforts in several states to roll back expanded voting procedures.

“It will be a long march but it’s one we are going to make,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer proclaimed after Democrats voted in lock-step on Tuesday to launch a debate on voting rights legislation – but still fell 10 votes short of advancing such a bill, thanks to the 60-vote threshold required by filibuster rules.