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Politics In his first major voting rights speech, Biden to denounce GOP's bills as 'un-American' restrictions 'grounded in autocracy'

17:03  13 july  2021
17:03  13 july  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com

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Joe Biden wearing a suit and tie: President Joe Biden. AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File © AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File President Joe Biden. AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File
  • Biden will call voting laws 'grounded in autocracy' and 'un-American' in a Tuesday address.
  • The president's planned address in Philadelphia is his first major voting rights speech.
  • Biden is facing mounting pressure from voting rights activists to take more forceful action.
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President Joe Biden will forcefully denounce GOP-backed voting bills as "grounded in autocracy, un-democratic, un-American, and un-patriotic" and make "the moral case" for voting rights in his first major speech on the matter, Politico and CNN report.

Amid growing frustration, White House pushes voting rights

  Amid growing frustration, White House pushes voting rights WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday unveiled new efforts to help protect voting rights as complaints have grown louder from civil rights activists and other Democrats that the White House has not done enough to fight attempts by several Republican-led state legislatures to restrict access to the ballot. President Joe Biden met with civil rights leaders in the West Wing, while Vice President Kamala Harris announced $25 million in new spending by the Democratic National Committee to support efforts to protect voting access ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

Biden will speak at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia on Tuesday afternoon as the White House and Biden administration face mounting pressure to adopt a more forceful stance on voter suppression with his bully pulpit.

"In the birthplace of American Democracy, President Biden will articulate how to meet the greatest threat to the right to vote and the integrity of our elections since the Civil War, renew his call for vital legislation- to overcome the rash of anti-voter laws motivated by the Big Lie, and underline the all-of-government effort the Biden-Harris Administration launched to use the powers of the executive branch to protect and advance the sacred, constitutional right to vote," a White House official told CNN.

Voting rights advocates eager for Biden to use bully pulpit

  Voting rights advocates eager for Biden to use bully pulpit President Biden has mostly worked behind closed doors as the White House maps out its next steps on voting rights, but advocates are growing impatient as they warn time is running out to spotlight the issue before restrictive state laws and new maps are imposed for the 2022 midterms.The president pledged last month he would use the bully pulpit to directly address GOP-led efforts at the state level to make it more difficult for some groups to vote. After making weekly trips to promote his infrastructure package, Biden on Tuesday will travel for the first time to speak on voting rights.

Republican lawmakers in 17 states have passed over 28 bills with provisions that tighten voting access as of June 2021, according to the Brennan Center for Justice, after former President Donald Trump and his allies waged an unprecedented campaign to try to overturn the 2020 election results based on false claims of fraud.

And in recent remarks, Biden has also highlighted the growing trend of legislatures also passing provisions that add potential criminal penalties for election officials and give partisan state lawmakers more control over who runs elections and more power to overturn election results.

Biden will say that "these new insidious moves to empower partisans over independent election authorities in terms of who counts the votes are new and extremely dangerous," and "are the most significant threat today to the integrity of our elections, and to the security of the right to vote for people of all races and backgrounds," White House officials told CNN and Politico.

Fox News' Chris Wallace Confronts Texas Gov. Over Making Voting 'Harder' for People of Color

  Fox News' Chris Wallace Confronts Texas Gov. Over Making Voting 'Harder' for People of Color Wallace asked Governor Greg Abbott if "the point is to suppress voting" by minority groups.Hundreds of Texans opposed to the Republican-backed measure signed up to testify against the bill in a weekend hearing at the state Capitol, with many waiting more than 17 hours to make sure their voices were heard. During the Fox News Sunday interview, Wallace pressured Abbott over the controversial GOP bill, which has been largely pushed forward due to former President Donald Trump's false claims that he lost the 2020 election because of widespread voter fraud.

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Video: Texas Democrats speak out after leaving state over voting rights (NBC News)

Biden's speech also comes as a group of dozens of Democratic state lawmakers from Texas left the state in droves to deny the quorum necessary to pass election legislation during a special legislative session set to last until August 6.

Those lawmakers are set to come to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to lobby lawmakers on passing federal legislation to protect voting rights.

But from the federal level, the White House faces down the problem of a Senate filibuster rule that requires a three-fifths majority for most legislation and no room for error in a Senate split 50-50.

Republicans in the US Senate filibustered the For The People Act, Democrats' wide-ranging voting rights and democracy reform legislation, on June 22, leaving that bill's chances dead for now.

Biden, to the chagrin of many activists, has been unwilling to call for major changes to the Senate filibuster that requires 60 votes to advance to debate on and pass most legislation.

Analysis: Texas Democrats are on a desperate mission to stop GOP voting bills

  Analysis: Texas Democrats are on a desperate mission to stop GOP voting bills They're trying to save democracy by walking out on it. © Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images Texas state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, speaks alongside members of the Texas House Democratic Caucus and voting rights advocates during a rally outside of the Texas State Capitol on the first day of the 87th Legislature's special session on July 8, 2021 in Austin, Texas.

But White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday that the decision over whether to make changes to the filibuster "will be made by members of the Senate, not by this president or any president, frankly, moving forward."

"If it were waving a magic wand to get voting rights legislation on his desk through any means, he would do that," Psaki said. "But it requires the majority of members in the Senate to support changes to the filibuster."

Instead, Politico reported, Biden will call for a "new coalition" on voting rights to work at the grassroots level.

Psaki said Monday that Biden will "continue to lift up, elevate, advocate, engage, [and] empower people across the country," calling it "the most instructive" thing he can do.

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