HUNGRY STRIKE DAY 1: Indefinite strike for suffrage legislation begins despite no clear path forward

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Protesters launched another hunger strike on Thursday to demand that Congress pass legislation on the right to vote, even though any chance of an overhaul appears to be dead.

“I’m sure everyone here shares the feeling that this hunger strike is easier to endure than the consequences of not passing this bill,” Arizona State University student Brandon Ortega told Fox News Digital. “It’s our lives that hang in a balance.”

The 40 youth activists plan to strike indefinitely unless legislation is passed by the Senate. But after Senator Kyrsten Sinema confirmed she would not vote to remove the filibuster, which would have meant the upper house needed only a simple majority to pass the suffrage bills, the legislation does not appear to have any immediate way forward.

Ortega said voting rights legislation was necessary as “more states have enacted more and more voting restrictions laws.”

The federal bills, if passed, would allow for same-day voter registration, establish election day as a national holiday, and extend postal voting. But critics have argued that some measures would open the door to fraud.

The legislation will ensure that “voters can cast their vote freely and safely,” Ortega told Fox News Digital.

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Similarly, Generation Vote founder Brianna Cea added: “From New York to Texas, Michigan and Florida, we’ve talked to young people who have been forced to jump through to exercise their voting right.”

Either way, with filibusters still in place, Democrats are missing the 60 votes needed to pass the law.

“There is no reason for me to reiterate my long-standing support for the 60-vote threshold for passing legislation,” Sinema, an Arizona Democrat, told the Senate. “There is no reason for me to repeat its role in protecting our country from wild twists and turns of federal politics.”

Late.  Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Makes remarks on the Senate floor in support of the legislative filibuster, Thursday, January 13, 2022.

Late. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Makes remarks on the Senate floor in support of the legislative filibuster, Thursday, January 13, 2022.

Attackers urged the Arizona senator to change his position.

“Senator Sinema, I ask you to reconsider this position,” said Jana Morgan, Director of American Democracy. “You have the power to change this country for the better. You must prioritize the future of our country by choosing to protect the freedom to vote over a mysterious loophole in the Senate.”

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In December, activists ended a previous hunger strike after 15 days when President Biden said he wanted to make the right to vote a priority in the new year.

Attackers experienced “dangerously low” blood pressure, “unbearable” headaches and “up to 10 pounds” in weight loss, Un-PAC co-founder Shana Gallagher said during a news conference.

Ortega described feeling “hunger pain, fatigue and just general discomfort.”

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ASU students told Fox News Digital that they would not stop fighting for the legislation.

“We hope we do not have to go further than Martin Luther King Day, but we are still committed to an indefinite hunger strike,” the ASU junior said.

The Senate will not meet again until after the holidays.

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