Biden to make a direct appeal to the Senate Democrats to pass a voting rights law

As Biden meets with the Senate Democratic Caucus, the House will pass two sections of the voting rights law on Thursday.


President Joe Biden will head to Capitol Hill on Thursday to lodge a formal request with the Senate Democrats to comply with pressure from his superiors to pass a voting rights law.

Biden is scheduled to meet with members of the Senate Democratic Caucus after doors closed in the afternoon during their lunch break. The president will "impose a strong charge" on members who made it public in his Atlanta speech on Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday.

Biden and Deputy President Kamala Harris will both "work on the phone" to put pressure on hesitant lawmakers, Psaki said.

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On the other side of the Capitol, the House will pass two sections of the voting rights law - the Freedom of Voting Act and the John Lewis Voting Development Act - on Thursday. The lower house will combine the two bills and send it to the Senate as a "message," which will allow Democrats to open a debate on a package with a simple majority, without Republican votes.

Democrats are expected to hit the roadblock with a 60-vote filibuster. It is unlikely that they will receive the support of 10 Republicans because of their strong opposition to voting debt.

The Freedom of Voting Act has no support for the Republic in the Senate. John Lewis Bill has one GOP aide: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

The Democrats were talking about a change in the Senate law that would allow them to avoid the GOP debt ban.

Once the bills are finalized, "we will need to change the rules of the Senate as they have done many times before," Schumer said in a letter, received by NBC News, in his caucus on Wednesday.

Many democrats want to remove the 60-vote limit to make it easier to pass 50-50 voting rights in the Senate. But not all Democrats are there.

Senni Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Support two voting rights bills but not a change in the law to pass. Sinema wants to keep filibuster and Manchin was reluctant to change the Senate rules on the basis of party affiliation, saying last week it was "absolutely his will" to find a coherent way to improve debt.

In a Middle Eastern post, Senator Patty Murray, a D-Wash.

"To be clear: we will not allow the filibuster to prevent us from continuing the debate on voting rights and any other issues that one member may find unpopular," Murray wrote. "Whether it's a filibuster or a democracy, I will choose our democracy. If it is the laws of the Senate or the Senate working for the American people, I will elect a working Senate. ”

In a USA Today op-ed, former President Barack Obama wrote that the filibuster is unconstitutional and in recent years has become the "normal way" of the Senate to block progress on issues supported by a majority of voters.

"We will not allow it to be used to block our efforts to protect our democracy. That is why I fully support President Joe Biden's call to change the rules of the Senate as needed to ensure that the pending voting rights law is asked to vote, ”he wrote.

Schumer said he wanted to pass a voting rights law on or before Monday - Martin Luther King Jr., Day.

The Freedom of Voting Act will create a set of party election standards to ensure that voters have equal access to the ballot box nationwide. It will require constituencies to provide a minimum number of early voting days and the ability to vote by post for any reason. It will also make Election Day a national holiday.

A bill named after the late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., Will review the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a landmark law that prohibited discriminatory electoral laws.