The failure of that strategy will become clear on Tuesday.
With Republicans making good on their promise to block it, a first procedural vote in the Senate will leave the legislation far short of the 60 votes it needs to advance, dooming the bill and leaving Democrats with an issue to campaign on, but not the big legislative victory progressives had sought.
The story of how the bill reached this point is one of shifting political imperatives, practical challenges, legislative changes and, in the end, an entrenched Republican opposition.
“That is the work you would do when you get into reality,” Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of Minnesota and the chairwoman of the committee that tried to reshape the House bill into a more workable version.
And once again, intense public interest, after the Capitol riot of Jan. 6 and the focus on voting access ever since, will not be enough to carry the day, just as the massacre of school children at Sandy Hook Elementary School was not enough to secure 60 Senate votes on gun background checks in 2013.
Trump, Sandy Hook Elementary