President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are scheduling to travel to a Southern state and city next week. There they will deliver speeches that do encourage Congress to pass federal voting laws.
President Joe Biden Representing the Interests of Democratic Groups
Tuesday trip details to Atlanta, Georgia, have not been releasing. Their remarks do come at a time when U.S. Senate Democrats are grappling with how to overcome Republican opposition to pass election legislation. However, the Democratic groups and voting rights activists in recent months have been pleading with the White House to actually get more involved.
Biden and Harris, says the White House, will “speak to the American people.” It will be about the pressing need to pass legislation to protect the constitutional right to vote. Also the integrity of our elections from corrupt attempts to strip law-abiding citizens of fundamental freedoms. Plus allow partisan state officials to undermine vote counting processes.”
National Standards for Voting and Elections
There are Republicans that have proposed laws. It would create national standards for how voting and elections are conducting. Thus it would infringe on states’ rights and then represent a Democratic power grab. Although, Democrats do say federal legislation is needing because the Republican-led states such as Georgia have, in fact, passed laws that make it more challenging to vote and then target the voters who are more likely to support Democratic candidates.
A push for a vote no later than January 17 is what U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said. That is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It would be to relax the chamber’s filibuster rules. That is so the election proposals can pass with a majority of votes. That is what the Democrats have.
A Democrat West Virginia U.S. Senator Joe Manchin has said that is he not in favor of changing Senate rules. That is without his support. All changes are nearly impossible.
On Tuesday, Georgia U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock said that the passage of federal voting laws is an urgent matter. That is as states such as Georgia preparing for their annual legislative sessions when harm can be done.