In addition to other tasks that he has assigned, President Joe Biden has charged Vice President Kamala Harris with leading their administration on the voting rights front.
Now, according to the White House, Harris will make full use of her “bully pulpit” in an attempt to drum up support for partisan voting rights expansion bills pushed by Democrats, The Washington Times reported.
She will reportedly hold meetings and deliver speeches that will berate and cajole those who are opposed to or on the fence about Democratic legislation that would, in essence, result in a federal takeover of all elections nationwide at the local and state levels.
Harris assigned lead role on voting rights issue
A “fact sheet” was released Friday by the White House outlining how the Biden-Harris administration was fighting back against alleged attacks on the right to vote, which in reality are simply common-sense election reform measures in Republican-led states designed to protect the integrity of the ballot.
Those efforts have been falsely smeared as racist and unjust, and the White House statement proclaimed, “Plain and simple, these voter suppression laws are meant to attack Americans’ constitutional rights — especially people of color — and that is absolutely unacceptable to the President.”
“In office, the President has taken unprecedented action to advance voting rights and defend this sacred right,” the statement continued. “And he recently named Vice President Harris to take charge of a new, intensified campaign on this issue, signifying its vital importance to this administration.”
Her last line was in reference to President Biden’s June 1 speech in Tulsa to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the racially motivated Greenwood massacre of black Tulsa residents, during which he spent time discussing voting rights for minorities and reiterated the false assertions that recent Republican election reform measures were discriminatory and suppressive of the minority vote.
In his speech, Biden expressed support for the passage of a pair of Democratic voting rights expansion bills in Congress, the “For the People Act” and the “John Lewis Voting Rights Act,” and announced, “To signify the importance of our efforts, today I’m asking Vice President Harris to help these efforts and lead them, among her many other responsibilities.”
Harris to lead the “fight for voting rights”
Fast-forward to Friday’s statement, which again expressed support for those two Democratic voting rights expansion bills and offered another reminder that President Biden “named Vice President Harris to lead a new, specific effort to fight for voting rights.”
“Her strategy is to use the bully pulpit to build additional public support on top of the bipartisan majorities that already back our voting rights agenda,” the statement explained.
“She’s using the power of the White House to convene key stakeholders, and will be hosting several next week. And she’ll continue to fight for our key bills,” it concluded.
Despite the White House claim that the supported legislation enjoys “bipartisan majorities,” neither bill seems likely to achieve the 60-vote threshold to surpass likely Republican filibusters — unless Harris, previously a senator from California, can cajole enough of her former GOP colleagues to side with Democrats in their attempts to transfer authority and control of local and state election procedures to the U.S. government.
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