The new role comes as the Biden administration condemns efforts by Republican-led state lawmakers to pass restrictive laws, the White House says making it difficult for Americans to vote. Calling the bills an “unprecedented attack on our democracy,” Biden realized he was doing a tough job for Harris.
“I ask Vice President Harris to assist in these efforts to guide her among her many other roles. With your guidance and support we will overcome again – I promise you a lot of work, “said Biden.
In a separate statement, first posted on CNN, Harris said she would take her case to the American people to defend the issue.
“In the days and weeks ahead, I will engage the American people and work with voting organizations, community organizations and the private sector to strengthen and promote voting efforts nationwide,” Harris said in the statement. “And we will also work with members of Congress to move these bills forward.”
“The work ahead is to make the polls available to all American voters and to ensure that every vote is counted in a free, fair and transparent process. This is the work of democracy,” added Harris.
In a statement released on Saturday, Biden criticized the bill as an “attack on democracy” and “false and un-American”. In her own statement on Twitter, Harris used similar language, adding, “We need to make it easier for voters to vote. Not harder.”
Both the President and Vice-President have been vocal about the right to vote, calling on Congress to pass HR 1, the For the People Act, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
The road through Congress for either of these laws is shaky, and Biden met two members of his own party during his Tulsa speech when he was discussing the slow pace of legislation.
“I hear all the people on TV say, ‘Why can’t Biden do this?’ Oh, because Biden only has an effective majority of four votes in the House of Representatives and a tie in the Senate, with two more Senate members voting with my Republican friends, “he said.” But we’re not giving up. “
The president did not name the senators, but was probably referring to West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin and Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema, who actually agree with the Democrats rather than the Republicans, but not always with the in some important parts Democratic Group agree on Biden’s agenda. Manchin is against the “For the People Act,” the Democrat-backed voting law that is expected to vote in the Senate in June. It is not expected to pass.
In May, Harris held a meeting with voting and civil rights leaders to discuss “the critical importance of protecting the right to vote,” according to a statement released at the time.
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