Biden finally ready to fight for the right to vote with the Senate on vacation
HThe vacation break has come for the United States Senate without the passage of the Build Back Better Act or action on voting rights. Meanwhile, President Joe Biden has finally found his voice about voting rights and the ever-present threat to democracy, but perhaps that is too little.
Speaking to Start of South Carolina State University, a fiery Biden explained how a once bipartisan process has become a controversial and polarizing battle.
âI’ve never seen anything like the relentless assault on the franchise,â Biden said. âMy friends, I was chairman of the judicial commission for a long time. At the end of my term, before becoming vice president, I was able to push through the extension of the voting rights law for 25 years – and guess what? – and convinced Strom Thurmond of South Carolina to vote for it.
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Biden has been reluctant to heed calls to pressure the Senate over filibuster. But it looks like the president is finally ready to move past his nostalgia for a bygone era of bipartisan support for something as simple as the right to vote.
For its part, the Senate could not even discuss the voting rights legislation because of the filibuster. Republicans have declined to engage in the conversation as their state-level counterparts enact legislation in rapid succession to dilute the voting power displayed in the 2020 election cycle.
A RepresentUs analysis described the specific policies of the Free Voting Act that would protect American democracy, including a ban on partisan gerrymandering, guaranteed public participation in the redistribution, state funding for programs to reduce polarization, and transparency increased campaign finance system. The legislation also includes various measures to tackle voter suppression, including providing for no-excuse mail-in ballots, same-day voter registration, clear standards for challenging voter registration, and the availability of voter registration. drop box.
the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund also highlighted the benefits of pending legislation indicating six key provisions, including preventing voter intimidation, limiting polling station closures and improving accessibility for voters with disabilities.
Hundreds of bills have been introduced across the country based on the big lie. Biden even announced he was tasking Vice President Kamala Harris with taking the lead on voting rights. Still, it’s unclear what the White House allowed her to do besides meeting with voting rights groups.
The president was supposed to show leadership on this issue months ago and do more than the bare minimum. But his comments on Friday reflect a significant shift from earlier remarks such as telling people they will still have to organize the voter suppression.
âBut this battle is not over,â Biden said. âWe need to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. “
Voting rights advocates, civic engagement organizations and democracy organizers have had little rest this year, moving almost immediately from a prolonged 2020 electoral cycle to the year-long battle to save democracy. Passage of the two bills has been a priority to fill in the loopholes left after the abolition of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and to ensure thoughtful representation in the redistribution process.
Since the start of the year, there have been countless calls to action and protests. In June, Black Voters Matter and several partner organizations recreated a South Freedom Ride in Washington, DC.
More than 80 national and local groups joined Martin Luther King III in a new call to action around voting rights legislation. The groups will come together in a massive mobilization effort around the King’s holiday weekend.
“President Biden and Congress used their political might to strike a deal on vital infrastructure, and now we call on them to do the same to restore the very voting rights protections my father and countless other rights leaders have. civics have bled to secure, âsaid Martin Luther. King III, President of the Drum Major Institute. “Like those who crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Bloody Sunday, we will not accept empty promises in the pursuit of my father’s dream of a more egalitarian and just America.”
According to reports, Senator Kyrsten Sinema is the main obstacle on the idea of ââan exception from the right to vote to systematic obstruction. Surprisingly, Senator Joe Manchin is in favor of an exclusion, although he straddles the benefits families need under the Build Back Better Act. He worked with the Senses. Amy Klobuchar and Raphael Warnock on the Freedom to Vote Act, compromise legislation that replaced the For the People Act.
The House has already done its part, passing both the Freedom to Vote Act and John Lewis’s Advancement of Voting Rights Act. Lawyers continue to push the Senate, even asking people to contact their senators and demanding voting rights come first.
Taifa Smith Butler, President of the Progressive Party tank “think and do” DÄmos, said the country could not care more about roads and bridges than about calling on senators to prioritize both the Build Back Better program and ongoing voting rights laws.
âWe need Congress to pass the Build Back Better Act to give people a fair chance in our economy and to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to honor the right of every American to participate in our economy. democracy. “ said the butler. âWith dozens of laws to make it harder for black and brown Americans to vote enacted in the last year alone, the stakes are too high for this country to ignore the threat that lies ahead. Just as lawmakers have taken action to mend America’s shattered infrastructure, members of Congress must fulfill their duty to mend our shattered democracy.
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