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Republicans in many state legislatures have introduced bills to tighten election laws using rhetoric based on former President Donald Trump’s false claims about election fraud in the 2020 election.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he wanted to get the Democrats’ suffrage law, the For the People Act, to a vote, but he lacks the 60 votes required to pass it in the Senate. The law that the House passed would reform access to ballot papers and campaign funding, and would require states to vote two weeks early.
Jeffries, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said he supported the passage of the voting rights bill to improve access to polls. “Fundamental to our democracy is the right to vote, self-government, so that the American people can choose and work for a democracy that reflects the voices of all Americans, not just a segment, not just Conservatives, not just Republicans, not just people in certain parts of the country, all Americans, “Jeffries said.
“We have to see what happens in the Senate when it comes to reaching the 60-vote threshold,” he added. “And the Senate will have to make some decisions to review their arcane procedures that have traditionally been used to maintain institutions like slavery and Jim Crow.”
“To translate for the people at home, Congressman Jeffries is against the filibuster and he hopes there can be a reform of the filibuster,” said host Jake Tapper. Jeffries has spoken out against the filibuster in the past, saying it was causing a standstill and was used in support of anti-civil rights legislation.
President Joe Biden also criticized Texas law on Saturday, calling it “false and un-American” while urging Congress to restore the protection of the proxy law dismantled by the Supreme Court.
“In the 21st century, we should make it easier and not harder for everyone to vote,” Biden said on Saturday.