White House says Biden plots ‘to sign’ voting bills ‘into law’ despite lack of votes

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White House says Biden’s ‘plan is to sign’ voting bills Democrats struggling to pass ‘into law’

By Haisten Willis, Washington Examiner, January 10, 2022:

White House says Biden’s ‘plan is to sign’ voting bills Democrats struggling to pass ‘into law’

The White House was pressed on Monday about whether President Joe Biden has a plan to address liberal activists’ concerns about voting access beyond giving speeches ahead of a major address.

The president will be in Georgia on Tuesday to stump for a pair of laws dubbed the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the For the People Act, which Democrats say are needed to expand voting rights, rein in gerrymandering, and create new ethics roles for federal officeholders.

But the party may lack the votes to pass the bills, leading a reporter to ask White House press secretary Jen Psaki if Biden has a plan to pass the bills rather than just talk about them.

“His plan is to sign voting rights legislation into law,” Psaki responded. “That requires a majority of senators to support it, even if there are changes to the Senate rules, which is something the president has expressed an openness to.”

Democrats cannot pass the bills on their own under Senate rules, and Republicans overwhelmingly oppose both of them, viewing them as a federal takeover of elections that would undermine security. Democrats would need to alter the filibuster to get them to the president’s desk.

But even that tactic may fail, as Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin have said they oppose procedural changes. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer plans to have a debate on changing the rules after Biden publicly stumps for the bills in Georgia, one of several red states to pass voting reform bills following the 2020 election.

Biden will speak at a historically black college in Atlanta on Tuesday to speak about what the White House calls “the urgent need” to “protect the constitutional right to vote and the integrity of our elections.”

“He will also describe this as one of the rare moments in a country’s history when time stops and the essential is immediately ripped away from the trivial,” Psaki said, previewing the president’s comments. “We have to ensure Jan. 6 doesn’t mark the end of democracy but the beginning of a renaissance for our democracy, where we stand up for the right to vote and have that vote counted fairly.”

Republicans are pushing back.

“The political Left keeps pitching their big lie that mainstream state voting laws are somehow ‘Jim Crow 2.0’ if the governor who signs the bill happens to be a Republican,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said last week.

Psaki was also asked if Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who refused to concede her 2018 election defeat, will be in attendance.

“There will be a number of elected officials joining us traveling and also there,” Psaki said. “We’re still finalizing that and will get you that as soon as possible.”

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