As the party tries to set up a restrictive Republican voting project, President Biden will discuss voting rights Tuesday.
Democratic lawmakers in Texas are fleeing the state in an attempt to block Republicans from passing an election project that would impose new restrictions on voting.
Most of the 67 Democratic members of the Texas House of Representatives fly to Washington, DC, in two rented planes, a Texas Democratic lawmaker said.
“We’re not going to come back,” state Rep. Jasmine Crockett told the Houston Chronicle before boarding her flight.
The Texas Constitution requires that at least 100 of the 150 members of the State House be present in order to vote on any bill. Leaving Texas, Democrats hope to deny Republicans, who hold the majority, to bring the bill to a vote this week.
Amid the political struggle in Texas, U.S. President Joe Biden is scheduled to hold a keynote address on July 13 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, urging human rights defenders to push against a wave of new laws passed by Republicans in state legislatures after former President Donald Trump’s 2020 election loss.
Biden “will present the moral case because the denial of the right to vote is a form of suppression, and a form of silence,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Monday.
The president “will redouble his commitment to use every instrument at his disposal to continue to fight to protect the fundamental rights of Americans to vote,” Psaki said.
Republican lawmakers have unleashed an “assault on voter suppression laws based on a dangerous and discredited conspiracy theory that culminated in the assault on our Capitol,” Psaki said.
Biden “will call it the greatest irony of the ‘big lie,’ which is that no election in our history has met such a high standard with more than 80 judges, including those nominated by his predecessor, overcoming all challenges,” he said. said Psaki.
Dozens of processes by Trump and his supporters seeking to challenge the outcome of the 2020 election have been dismissed by federal and state judges for lack of evidence.
Psaki called the efforts of Trump and his supporters to cancel the election and enact voting restrictions after his defeat “the worst challenge for our democracy, since the Civil War.”
A similar move by Texas Democrats in May prevented Republicans from enacting an earlier version of the Proposed vote restrictions in Texas which seeks to ban 24-hour polling places and ballot boxes that make it much easier for people to vote.
Texas ’new bill, which is supposed to pass the state Senate and, if it is finally passed by the House, will be signed into law by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, leaving out previous controversial attempts by Republicans to ban the early vote Sunday morning and an attempt to allow judges to cancel elections on small trials.
The new focus on the application of voting rights in the United States comes as Republicans in Georgia, Florida, Arizona and Arkansas has passed new rules since the 2020 presidential election that critics have said make it harder for people to vote.
The battle for voting rights in the United States is heating up.
U.S. Department of Justice on June 25 filed a lawsuit challenging Georgia’s new voting law on civil rights grounds. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the law seeks to take back the vote from African Americans in the southern state which has a history of discriminatory electoral practices.
Meanwhile, Republicans in the U.S. Senate, blocked a spanned electoral review bill to Congress last month that would have reversed state laws that are now in place.
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are advancing a new voting rights proposal called for the late John Lewis, a civil rights icon and member of the Georgia Congress.
The president has said he plans to “talk a lot” about voting rights and that he will “go on the road on this issue,” noting that it is likely to be a campaign issue going into 2022 when the United States holds midterm elections.