Friday, January 7, 2022

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Use Jan. 6 to Demand Fed Takeover of Elections; McConnell Slams Dems for Exploiting Jan. 6 to Push Partisan Voting Bill, Blowing Up Filibuster; Schumer Calls GOP Alternative to Vote Reform ‘unacceptable,’ ‘offensive’

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Use January 6 to Demand Federal Takeover of Elections:
In their speeches marking the first anniversary of the January 6 protests Thursday, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris demanded the Senate pass legislation to federalize American elections.
Harris and Biden both used the occasion to warn that the future of American democracy was at stake.
The vice president referred directly to the multiple Democrat-led bills that would federalize local and state elections and overturn election security laws passed around the country.
“Here, in this very building, a decision will be made about whether we uphold the right to vote and ensure free and fair election,” Harris said. “Let’s be clear: We must pass the voting rights bills that are now before the Senate.” --->READ MORE HERE
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McConnell slams Democrats for exploiting Jan. 6 to push partisan voting bill, blowing up filibuster:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized Democrats on Wednesday for exploiting the anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol in their efforts to overhaul the filibuster and rewrite America’s voting laws.
Mr. McConnell, Kentucky Republican, argued from the Senate floor it was “beyond distasteful” for Democrats to “invoke the Jan. 6 anniversary to advance” partisan aims.
“A year ago the Senate didn’t bend and it didn’t break. We held strong,” he said. “It is jaw-dropping for colleagues to propose to commemorate that by breaking the Senate themselves in a different way.”
In the lead-up to the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot, Democratic leaders have increasingly used the incident as the basis for calls to jettison the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster threshold and pass a partisan voting bill.
“Let me be clear: January 6th was a symptom of a broader illness — an effort to delegitimize our election process — and the Senate must advance systemic democracy reforms to repair our republic or else the events of that day will not be an aberration. They will be the new norm,” said Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. --->READ MORE HERE
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