Civil rights groups urge Biden to do more to protect minority voters
WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) – President Joe Biden met with civil rights groups in the White House on Thursday as they pushed the president to do more to protect minority voters from what they call restrictive voting rules in some states.
“This is the fight of our life,” said Vice President Kamala Harris. “Your voice matters, and we will fight to make sure all people’s voices are heard.”
Democrats pledge to protect voting rights. Harris said Democrats were investing $ 25 million to fight voter suppression efforts across the country.
Seventeen states have already passed new election laws that Democrats say impact black and brown voters.
“All of this is designed, I believe, to make it harder for you to vote so that you don’t vote,” the vice president said.
Texas tried again to enact its own election laws this week after Democrats in the state blocked the first attempt in May.
“Ready to fight these bad policies for as long as it takes,” Texas Democrats said Thursday.
Just last week, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s restrictive voting laws, reigniting the fight for voting rights legislation in Congress.
“The law for the people is really the law for the politicians,” said Representative Fred Keller.
The Pennsylvania Republican said the Democrats’ reform bill would create a unique approach to voting.
“I think it’s a state problem and we shouldn’t nationalize the elections here in Washington,” Keller added.
Democrat MP Joyce Beatty of Ohio said Republicans were against the idea, “because we’re making too much headway.”
The Chairman of the Democratic Black Caucus urges the Senate to pass the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act now.
“This is what we have, the people are on our side,” Beatty said Thursday.
The Senate could take up the matter again when it returns next week.
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