President Biden It is expected to target new election bills in states across the country, with executives saying they will raise new barriers to voting, as well. Supreme Court Their results have weakened federal tools to combat “reactionary voting laws” Voting Rights in Philadelphia on Tuesday.
The president’s speech on Tuesday sets out a “moral case” for the right to vote, with executive officials calling it “a dangerous number of states” such as Georgia, Florida, Iowa and Montana. Kansas and Arkansas are introducing new voting bills that will create barriers to ballots.
White House aides said Biden’s speech at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia should be the beginning of a somewhat public pressure campaign, with legislative options blocking significant restrictions on voting.
“He will make a moral case as to why the denial of the right to vote is a form of oppression and silencing,” White House Press Secretary Jen Zaki said Monday. “He will redouble his commitment to use every tool at his disposal to continue to fight to protect the fundamental right of Americans to vote against the onslaught of voter repression laws.”
“We will face the worst challenge to our democracy after the civil war,” Biden vowed. But aides suggested his address might not be much in the way of new projects.
Democrats in Congress tried to respond with a federal vote and election bill blocked by the Senate Republicans. Most Republicans similarly rejected a separate bill called the John Lewis Suffrage Promotion Act, which restores sections of the Suffrage Act that the Supreme Court has weakened.
Those roadblocks are the focus of Senate Philippster rules, which, if left in place, would appear to provide an unresolved roadblock that would require 60 votes in a room of 100 equally divided, even bringing in controversial legislation. Republicans were unanimous in their opposition to the removal of Philip, and the bills would need to be removed or at least modified to give them a chance to pass.
White House aides say HD1 will, in particular, set some basic national standards for voting in federal elections, including early voting, postal voting and modernized voter registration. White House aides say the president supports restricting Jerrymandering as states draw up new district maps and basic ethical rules for reform campaign finance and federal officials.
With regard to Biden’s unilateral actions in relation to the vote, he signed in March an all-government executive order directing agencies to determine how best to distribute voting information and increase the chances of participating in the election process. The White House says they are conducting an interactive process to ensure full implementation.
The president has named Vice President Harris to lead the fight for the right to vote in the public arena, appointed “leaders who break the path” with experience in the judiciary, including Vanitha Gupta and Kristen Clark, and demanded a 16% increase in funding. DOJ’s Civil Rights Division in the Budget.
Biden is expected to talk about Texas after Democrats took action in the state to block a Republican bill tightening voting restrictions. The Texas Democrats traveled to Washington during a special legislative session, which ends early next month.
“Once they re-enter the state they will be arrested and brought back to the Capitol. We will run the business,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday.
Meanwhile, the Department of Justice last month filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia challenging several provisions of the state’s new voting law.
The DOJ’s targeting rules include a ban on government agencies from providing unsolicited votes; Fines for civic groups, places of worship and bar organizations for distributing non-follow-up votes; And reducing the missing ballot deadline to 11 days before election day.
Fox News is aware that Texas, Alabama, Florida and Arizona may soon face lawsuits over their new voting law.
Republicans in Georgia and Texas have accused the lawsuits and threats of further lawsuits of being “political fights” and vowing to fight to protect their states’ electoral law.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.