Chuck Schumer, Stacey Abrams Weigh in on Biden’s Voting Rights Speech, Push ‘Swift’ Action

President Joe Biden encourages US senators to change filibuster rules to pass legislation regarding voting rights during his speech on January 11, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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President Joe Biden urged the Senate to change filibuster rules to pass voting rights legislation during a speech in Georgia on Tuesday, prompting a flurry of reactions from the political world, including Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and Senate Majority A push for urgency by Leader Chuck was involved. Schumer.

Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Atlanta as part of a renewed effort to advance federal Democratic voting rights bills that have stalled in an increasingly divided upper house without any Republican support. The president said he supported “changing Senate rules” during his speech, including changing or eliminating filebuster “to prevent a minority of senators from blocking action on voting rights.”

The speech was delivered in the notable absence of voting rights activist Abrams. While both Abrams and Biden said her non-appearance was due to scheduling conflicts, former President Donald Trump insisted she “won’t even share a stage with Joe” because “he’s become so awful that now he doesn’t want anything to do with him.” However, Abrams praised both Biden and Harris shortly after the president’s speech.

“I thank @POTUS and @VP for returning to Georgia to continue my steadfast advocacy for passing federal legislation to protect the freedom to vote,” Abrams said in a statement. Statement Posted on Twitter. “They made it clear today that they are committed to restoring the Senate to protect our democracy.”

“We must pave the way for rapid Senate passage because, as President Biden announced today, if Republicans stop passing legislation to protect freedom to vote, ‘we have no way of changing the rules of the Senate. There is no other option, including getting rid of the filebuster,” he added.

Schumer, New York Democrat, swore off Acting on Biden’s call to reform Senate rules “as soon as tomorrow,” as part of an effort to “protect democracy.” He also acknowledged that it could be difficult to change the rules because of opposition from figures such as Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) and Kirsten Cinema (D-Ariz.).

“There are meetings going on with these senators as we speak. And I’m meeting constantly,” Schumer said. said During an interview with the Center for American Progress Action Fund after the speech. “So far, they haven’t come on board. I don’t want to confuse your listeners: It’s an uphill battle because both Munchkin and Cinema don’t believe in changing the rules.”

As of Tuesday evening, neither Munchkin nor the cinema had publicly reacted to Biden’s speech. newsweek The two reached out to the senators’ offices for comment.

Senator Lindsey Graham (RSC) praised moderate Democrats for pushing for voting rights legislation during a Newsmax appearance, while Biden and Harris were speaking in Georgia.

“God bless the cinema, God bless Senator Munchkin,” Graham said, “I hope they catch up. I believe they will.”

Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kempu Guilty Biden and Harris to come to Atlanta to promote “lies about our Election Integrity Act,” referring to the restrictive voting bill passed in the state last year. He also said the speech was part of a “push for the federalization of our election system” and stressed that Biden and Harris were “attempting to use Georgia as a stepping stone to their radical agenda.”

David Perdue, a former Georgia senator currently running the Trump-backed GOP primary challenge to Kemp, said in a statement newsweek That “Joe Biden’s inconsistent gamble is not going to convince Georgians to buy into his voter suppression lies.” He argued that the speech was “just another example of how we would be better off if Trump was still president.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) praised Biden’s speech as a defense of “the cornerstone of our democracy.” Pelosi called on the Senate to pass both the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act—bills. The first was passed in a filibuster-free House.

“Today in Georgia, President Biden made it clear: The Senate must find a way to incorporate the crucial voting rights law into law,” Pelosi said in a statement. Statement, “The President should be commended for his clear voice and strong leadership in this fight as we strive to defend the sacred right to vote, which is the cornerstone of our democracy.

“The president forcefully declares that it is time for the Senate to heed John Lewis’s call and do its part to protect the vote and end the Republican revocation of elections,” she said. “Nothing less is at stake than our democracy.”