Vice President Harris meets with Texas Democrats on GOP Radical Voting Bill – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
WASHINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Vice President Kamala Harris met with Texas Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday about pressure from Republicans across the state for a sweeping voting measure in the 87th Legislative Session.
In a dramatic end to the session in late May, Texas Democrats walked out of the House chamber before midnight to pass Senate Bill 7, leaving the House without a quorum to vote.
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The vice president met with Democratic members of the State House and Senate at the White House and said the bill attempts to undermine voting rights.
“All citizens have the right to vote. What we are seeing are examples of an attempt to interfere with that right, an attempt to marginalize and take away from people a right that has already been granted, ”Harris said in remarks ahead of the meeting.
The provisions of SB 7 included increased access to election observers and the ability for a judge to more easily overturn an election due to fraud.
There was also a provision banning voting on Sundays before 1 p.m., which many saw as an attempt to discourage black residents from participating in a national religious movement known as “souls at the polls.” However, lawmakers later clarified that the 1 p.m. time was in error and should have said 11 a.m.
“We will do everything in our power as an administration to make the voices of those who seek to preserve the right to vote of the people heard,” said Harris. “It’s not a Democratic or Republican problem, it’s an American problem.”
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Governor Greg Abbott said a special session would be called at a later date to pass the bill.
In addition to addressing the Texas ballot bill, Democratic lawmakers hoped their meetings with Harris, President Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer would help pass the For The Act. People. It has passed the House but not yet the Senate because Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia does not support it.
The legislation would override the laws of some states and normalize absentee voting. This would allow voters to use an affidavit instead of showing identification and would require states to register on the same day.
Texas Republicans have said the For The People Act will unduly nationalize elections and prevent the state from ensuring that only qualified people can vote. They said they wanted to standardize the voting rules so that counties could not create their own.
In a tweet Wednesday, Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas criticized the actions of the Texas Democrats last month, saying, “All they did was quit their job.
“We have not quit our job. We have come out for the benefit of the people we represent. And it’s the people of Texas to preserve our moment. It’s our job, ”said Democratic Representative Senfornia Thompson of Houston.
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In response to Harris’ meeting with the Texas Democrats, the Republican National Committee issued a statement that read, “It’s no wonder Kamala Harris is meeting with the Texas Democrats in Washington, DC today; Texas is far too close to the southern border for Harris to care.