Biden to endorse changing Senate filibuster rules to pass voting changes

The president is set to travel to Georgia Tuesday to deliver remarks from the Atlanta University Center Consortium, on the campus of Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College.

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In his speech, Biden is expected toforcefully advocatefor protecting what a White House official described asthe most bedrock American rights: the right to vote and have your vote counted in a free, fair and secure election that is not tainted by partisan manipulation.

Biden’s remarks will take place in the former district of late Rep. John Lewis, as he urges the Senate to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

The next few days, when these bills come to a vote, will mark a turning point in this nation,” Biden will say, according to prepared remarks. “Will we choose democracy over autocracy, light over shadow, justice over injustice?”

President Biden walks to the Oval Office of the White House after stepping off Marine One, Lunedi, Jan. 10, 2022, a Washington.

President Biden walks to the Oval Office of the White House after stepping off Marine One, Lunedi, Jan. 10, 2022, a Washington. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

I know where I stand. I will not yield. I will not flinch. I will defend your right to vote and our democracy against all enemies foreign and domestic,” Biden will say. ‘And so the question is where will the institution of United States Senate stand?”

Biden will also use his remarks to call for Republicans toget behindvoting rights policies, and is set to point to the Voting Rights Act extension passed by the Senate in 2006an extension Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., approved.

Citing the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, Biden is set to sayit’s time for Republicans who support the rule of law to stand up for democracy.

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But the president will also use his speech to endorse making changes to the filibuster, citando “repeated obstructionfrom Republicans.

He supports – as an institutionalist – changing the Senate rules to ensure it can work again and be restored and this basic right is defended,” ha detto il funzionario.

Because abuse of what was once a rarely used mechanism that is not in the Constitution has injured the body enormously, and its use to protect extreme attacks on the most basic constitutional right is abhorrent.

The filibuster is a threshold of 60 votes in the Senate that’s necessary before a piece of legislation is given an up or down vote.

If Democrats wanted to establish a new filibuster precedent, they could do so with 51 votes – all 50 senators in the Democratic caucus plus Vice President Harris breaking the tie.

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Senate Republicans blocked the voting rights legislation four times in 2021. Republicans have argued the legislation would infringe on the right of states to dictate their own election laws and would unduly favor the Democratic Party. The latest version of the voting rights legislation would establish a federal election framework, create rules aimed at preventing partisan redistricting, and overhaul the campaign finance system.

Il leader della maggioranza al Senato Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has repeatedly threatened that Democrats would explore ways to get rid of the filibuster, should Republicans continue to use the tool to block debate on the voting rights bill.

And Biden in October said he was open to the possibility of altering or eliminating the filibuster in order to pass federal voting rights legislation. Progressives have repeatedly called on Biden to support abolishing the filibuster to address election reforms.

Nel frattempo, the president’s remarks Tuesday come after his speech to mark the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot last week, when thousands sought toviolently overturn the results” del 2020 Elezioni presidenziali. The White House official cited Trump administration top election security officials, chi “confermato” il 2020 elezione “was the most secure election in history.

I funzionari elettorali della contea di Cobb gestiscono le schede elettorali durante un audit, Nov. 16, 2020, a Marietta, Georgia. (AP Photo / Mike Stewart)

I funzionari elettorali della contea di Cobb gestiscono le schede elettorali durante un audit, Nov. 16, 2020, a Marietta, Georgia. (AP Photo / Mike Stewart)

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