The U.S. president will approve changes to the filibuster during a speech in Georgia to pass voting rights legislation.
US President Joe Biden to use Georgia speech on voting rights to support controversial changes to Senate Obstruction rule, a White House official said.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity for a preview of Biden’s remarks to reporters on Tuesday, said the president, in support of passing federal voting rights legislation, would support changing Senate rules to allow a small number of 41 senators out of 100 to block Most legislation.
“When these bills go to vote in the next few days, it will mark a turning point for this country,” Biden will say in his speech, according to excerpts from the speech distributed by the White House. “We will choose democracy over autocracy, Choose light over shadow, justice over injustice? I know where I stand.”
Voting rights advocates and some Democratic lawmakers are increasingly calling for changes to the Senate’s rules as states across the country pass what they see as restrictive voting legislation after the 2020 election.
At least 19 states have passed laws that make voting more difficult, according to voting rights advocates, and some state lawmakers continue to cite former President Donald Trump’s baseless claim Widespread voter fraud to push for new restrictions.
Meanwhile, Democrats are backing two federal legislation that would be the largest overhaul of U.S. elections in a generation, reducing the influence of big money in politics by removing voting barriers enacted in the name of election security , and limit party influence over elections. Drawing of congressional districts.
The package would set national election standards that go beyond state-level laws. It would also restore the Justice Department’s ability to enforce election laws in states with a history of discrimination.
White House officials told reporters that Biden would cite “repeated obstruction” by Republicans in support of the rule change. He would not seek to remove the filibuster altogether, but would seek changes specifically aimed at passing voting rights legislation.
Democrats and Republicans both currently hold 50 seats in the Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting a tie-breaking vote to give Democrats a simple majority.
Despite Biden’s nod, all 50 Democrats in the Senate need to rally behind the change, with several currently saying they don’t believe it.
Meanwhile, some voting rights advocates continue to criticize the government for acting too slowly domestic voting rights priority.
They said they would skip Tuesday’s speech, which will follow Biden’s visit to several key locations in the U.S. civil rights movement, and instead spend the day working.
“We went beyond speeches,” LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Votes Matter, told The Associated Press. “At this point, we need, what we’re asking for is federal legislation.”