Politics Kamala Harris, Yet to Visit Border, Meeting TX Dems Who Blocked Voting Bill
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Democratic state legislators in Texas staged a dramatic walk-out Sunday night to prevent the immediate passage of a Republican elections bill that would make it harder for some residents to vote. But the bill is not dead: it could get put on the agenda at a special legislative session at some point this year. © Lynda M. Gonzalez/Pool//Getty Images Texas Governor Greg Abbott announces the reopening of more Texas businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic at a press conference at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Monday, May 18, 2020. Republican Gov.
Vice Presidentannounced Thursday she will meet with the Democratic state lawmakers who recently blocked Texas' voting bill next week, but she wouldn't indicate when she plans to visit the U.S.-Mexico border.
The vice president's chief spokesperson, Symone Sanders, announced that Harris' meeting with Democratic members of the state's legislature "who in May blocked passage of legislation that would have made it significantly harder for the people of Texas to vote" is set to take place at the White House on June 16. Although Harris committed to visiting the southern border on Tuesday after an extended period of criticism over the issue, she refused to provide a timeline for her visit during an exchange with a reporter on Thursday.
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Vice President Kamala Harris hopes to address the root causes of migration, a politically fraught issue that's vexed several administrations.It's a tall order for Harris, whose portfolio expanded earlier this week when President Joe Biden tapped her to lead the administration's efforts to protect voting rights as several Republican-led states move to restrict access to the ballot.
The proposed Texas voting law would reduce Sunday voting hours, impose new restrictions on mail-in ballot requests, ban drive-thru voting and empower partisan poll watchers. Whileinsist the bill is focused on upholding "election integrity," say that the bill is an attempt to increase "voter suppression." The bill looked likely to pass Texas' GOP-controlled legislature before Democrats walked out of the House chamber on May 30, effectively blocking the bill by denying a quorum required for a vote to take place just before a midnight deadline.
Harris will meet with seven Democratic members of the Texas House and three members of the Texasnext week. The details of what they will discuss are not entirely clear. However, Harris is leading President 's efforts to pass the For the People Act, legislation that could invalidate bills like the one proposed in Texas, and there is little doubt that the vice president is not in favor of new voting restrictions.
Kamala Harris and Joe Biden haven’t yet visited the US-Mexico border. Texas officials are mixed on whether they need to
Vice President Kamala Harris visits Guatemala and Mexico this week, but she and President Joe Biden haven't visited the U.S.-Mexico border this year.But for months, Harris' presence has been requested someplace else: The U.S. southern border. Mostly Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill have called on Harris and President Joe Biden to visit areas along the U.S.-Mexico border, where they say a dramatic increase of migrants has developed into a crisis. Members of the House and Senate have flown into border towns, toured intake facilities and taken boat rides on the Rio Grande River. And their message to Harris and Biden has been: Come see it for yourself.
"Texas House Democrats broke quorum to stop dangerous anti-voter legislation," Texas Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, one of the Democrats who will meet with Harris, said in a statement. "Our state and country are better off when more people participate in our democracy. With everything on the line, we used every tactic in our arsenal -- not just to preserve our state but to preserve our Democracy.
"Now, it's time forto act," added Fischer. "They must pass voting rights legislation that protects the rights of all voters. We are deeply appreciative that Vice President Harris understands what is at stake and is leading the way to protect our democracy. We are honored to stand with her, Congressional Democrats, and the entire Biden Administration."
Harris, who is also leading the Biden administration's efforts to deal with the influx of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, announced the meeting not long after returning from a two-day diplomatic visit to Guatemala and Mexico. The vice president received criticism from both ends of the political spectrum during the trip, with progressives denouncing her for telling would-be migrants that they should "not come" to the border and conservatives continuing to ask when she would make her own visit.
Harris told to 'go home' by protesters during her trip to Guatemala
Kamala Harris was greeted with protesters demanding she 'mind her own business' when she arrived in Guatemala for her first international trip as vice president. 'Kamala go home,' one white flag with black painted letters read.
At a press conference in Mexico City on Tuesday, Harris said that she would personally visit the border, although she did not provide any specifics. When Univision anchor Ilia Calderón pressed Harris to announce a date for her visit on Thursday, the vice president responded by saying "I'll keep you posted."
Newsweek reached out to the office of Harris for comment.
Who is Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the Mexican president who met with Kamala Harris today? .
Mexico's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador meets with Harris Tuesday as she leads efforts to stem illegal immigration at the southern border.The Vice President met with community organizers, business owners and Presidents Alejandro Giammattei and Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the leaders of Guatemala and Mexico, respectively. In March, President Joe Biden tasked Harris with addressing an increase in migration — including unaccompanied minors — at the southern border.