Independent Sen. Angus King Says He Won't Support Dem Voting Rights Bill

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, said Sunday he won’t support the Democrats’ voting rights proposal.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” King said “we got to focus on what the most crucial issue is, which is protecting democracy.”

“I think there are things that can be modified [in the For the People Act] and [Senate Leader] Chuck Schumer [D-N.Y.] knows that and [Sen.] Amy Klobuchar [D-Minn.]” he said. “I’ve said that all along. It’s a 900,000 page bill. There are things that need to be negotiated. And I think [Sen.] Joe Manchin [D-W.Va.] realizes that.”

According to King, the “guts” of the bill is voting rights, but there are other pieces as well.

“It has, for example, public financing of elections,” he noted. “But the important part for me is protecting voting rights and I think that’s becoming more urgent by the day based upon what’s going on around in the states.”

He said what’s not being discussed is that “lots of states are considering changes that the legislature could overturn the results of an election in their state.”

“Voting rights is critical… We got to focus on what the most crucial issue is, which is protecting democracy,” he said.

King also lamented the lack of punishments meted out by the United States to cybersecurity breaches.

“There has been

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