Harris says she won't 'absolve' senators over voting rights push
Added 01-12-22 10:58:02pm EST - “Vice President Harris said in an interview that she would not "absolve" 50 Republican senators opposing Democrats' voting rights and election legislation? of their responsibility? to hold "free and fair elec” - Thehill.com
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Vice President Harris said in an interview that she would not “absolve” 50 Republican senators opposing Democrats’ voting rights and election legislation of their responsibility to hold “free and fair elections and access to the ballot.”
“I will not absolve the 50 Republicans in the United States Senate from responsibility for upholding one of the most basic and important tenets of our democracy, which is free and fair elections and access to the ballot for all eligible voters,” Harris said in an interview with NBC’s Craig Melvin, part of which aired Wednesday evening on “NBC Nightly News.”
Melvin asked Harris about Sens. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaObama backs Biden push on changing filibuster House to vote on consolidated election bill Thursday, Pelosi says Durbin says Biden may have gone 'a little too far' in Georgia speech MORE (D-Ariz.) and Joe ManchinJoe ManchinObama backs Biden push on changing filibuster House to vote on consolidated election bill Thursday, Pelosi says Black Democrats hammer Manchin for backing filibuster on voting rights MORE (D-W.Va.), who have both expressed opposition to getting rid of the 60-vote Senate filibuster — a legislative rule currently blocking Democrats from being able to pass voting rights legislation amid Republican opposition.
“I don’t think anyone should be absolved from the responsibility of preserving and protecting our democracy,” Harris answered. “Especially when they took an oath to protect and defend our Constitution.”
Harris’s comments come as Democrats are laying out plans to take up and consider consolidated voting rights legislation that would combine aspects of the Freedom to Vote Act and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
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