On Tuesday, the GOP used the filibuster to block the sweeping voting reform bill that advocates view as the most important civil rights legislature of this generation. The bill would have been the largest overhaul of legislature in years, touching on nearly every aspect of voting.
However, many in the GOP say the measure would take away too much of states’ authority and hand it over to the federal government at a time when such power swaps are increasing. They also said that reforming voting legislation (and abolishing the filibuster) would ultimately only serve Democrats.
The Tuesday vote represents a crossroads for the country. Here’s what you should know going forward.