Biden to step up pressure on Republicans over voting rights

Biden’s speech precedes pressure from Senate Democratic leaders to debate changes to Senate filibuster rules in an attempt to create a legislative path for two bills – one to restore key articles of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and a second aimed at ending the extension of access to ballots, as well as giving local election administrators resources to prevent their withdrawal for political reasons, among other provisions. Some Senate Republicans are currently engaged in talks with a small number of Senate Democrats over voter protection, including a modest election law change that would deal exclusively with how contests are certified. The latter is a proposal that the White House has rejected as insufficient on its own.

Speaking at the Atlanta University Center Consortium, based on two historically black colleges – Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College – Biden will clarify that the only way to protect voting rights and ensure a secure electoral system is to adopt both bills, according to a White House official.

His speech comes a few days after addressing the nation on the anniversary of the January 6 uprising. During this address, Biden said American democracy remains under threat as Trump and his allies continue to spread lies about voter fraud and the insurgency itself. The speech was described by Senior White House adviser Cedric Richmond as the start of Biden’s push to “galvanize the votes” for voting rights legislation.

The Atlanta Speech is the second act. According to the White House official, Biden will remind Republicans that re-authorization of the voting rights law has often been carried out by strong bipartisan majorities in the past. But due to current Republican opposition to both bills, Biden will say he supports the Senate rule change, describing the current use of filibuster as odious.

Biden’s hearing on Tuesday will be both grassroots voters and activists on the ground in Georgia as well as Democratic lawmakers in the Senate. The president tries to influence the moderates in his party who are reluctant to change the rules of the Senate. Ahead of Biden’s trip to Georgia, a number of Democrats appeared on the fence or unaffected by the president’s recent lobbying campaign.


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