President Biden blamed two Democratic senators on Tuesday for Congress’ failure to pass voting rights legislation, apparently a reference to the senses Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.
“I hear all the people on TV say why isn’t Biden doing this?” the president said in a speech after meeting with survivors of the Tulsa racial massacre at the Greenwood Cultural Center.
“Well, because Biden effectively only has a four-vote majority in the House and a tie in the Senate, with two Senate members voting more with my Republican friends,” he added, a rare public reprimand from its own members. Party.
“June should be a month of action on Capitol Hill,” Biden said, as he appointed Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the White House’s efforts to expand voting rights. Biden has vowed to “fight like hell” to pass the For the People Act, already passed by the House, through the Senate.
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Manchin and Sinema vote with the president almost 100 percent of the time, but they oppose the obstruction of the obstruction with 60 votes, a move that would likely be necessary to pass the For the People Act. Senators have been pressed to change their stance on the Senate 60-vote hurdle, which aims to spur deliberation, especially after an insufficient number of Republicans voted with Democrats to form the Jan.6 commission to study the Capitol riot.
Manchin also opposes the For the People Act, the election overhaul bill that would expand postal voting and create automatic voter registration. He said the bill is too broad and too partisan.
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But Manchin has expressed support for John Lewis’s Advancement of Voting Rights Act, which would require states with a history of voting discrimination to pre-authorize new voting restrictions with the federal government.
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Biden’s remarks come as GOP-led states across the country have proposed election security measures in light of the 2020 election.
Texas Republicans ran into an unexpected hurdle over the weekend when state Democrats walked out of the State House chamber to temporarily deny republicans the quorum required to hold a final vote on a controversial bill. Voting restrictions have already become law in the months following elections in Georgia, Florida and Iowa, drawing the ire of Democrats, who widely say the legislation targets voters of color, and sparking condemnation from some leading politicians. companies.
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