Marjorie Taylor Greene Attacks 'Commies' Who Supported Voting Rights Bill

Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has hit out at the sweeping election bill and the "commies" who supported it after it was blocked by a GOP filibuster.

The future of the For the People Act, which would have seen a major overhaul of the current electoral system and voting laws, is in doubt after it failed to pass a Senate vote on Tuesday.

The Democrats' bill was blocked following a 50-50 split vote, meaning it failed to reach the 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a Republican filibuster. The bill was supported by all 50 Democrats and opposed by all 50 Republicans.

In a post on social media site Gab, the Georgia representative wrote: "This bill is horrible ... never give an inch to these commies!" She shared an article about the GOP filibuster blocking the Democrats' attempt to change almost every aspect of how elections are run.

The GOP were not only opposed the original 800-page bill, but also a slimmed down and moderated version proposed by Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin.

Republicans have cast the voting rights bill as being a power grab by the Democrats and argued individual states rather than the federal government should set election laws.

In a statement on the Senate floor, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said the rejection of the bill was a "huge win" for Americans.

"I rise today to celebrate a win for the country," Cruz said. "Today, the United States rightly failed to advance the corrupt politicians act."

In recent months, the Republican party has supported restrictive laws in a number of states such as Georgia and Florida, including requiring proof of identity for absentee voting and limiting ballot drop-off boxes.

The For the People Act would have implemented plans such as setting up automatic voter registration, removing other hurdles preventing people from voting, and limiting partisan involvement in drawing congressional districts.

Vice President Kamala Harris described the rejection of a bill to make it easier for people to cast their ballots by the GOP as "unprecedented attacks on voting rights."

Harris added: "There are unjust bills in dozens of state legislatures that would limit early voting and vote by mail and otherwise make it harder for the American people to vote. Make no mistake: While these attacks are meant to silence some Americans, the impact is felt by all Americans."

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer also criticized Republicans for blocking the bill in a series of tweets.

"Every single Senate Republican voted against even starting debate on critical voting rights legislation," Schumer said. "Senate Republicans again signed their names alongside Trump, the Big Lie, voter suppression. Make no mistake: The fight in the Senate to protect voting rights is not over.

"Every single Democratic Senator stood together in the fight to protect the right to vote in America," Schumer added. "Make no mistake: Democrats will not let this go. This will not be the last time that voting rights legislation comes up for a debate in this Senate.

"This voter suppression by GOP legislatures cannot stand. We are going to work tirelessly to see that it does not stand."

Greene has been contacted for further comment.

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), speaks at a press conference on the border crisis on Capitol Hill on June 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images