US President Joe Biden has appealed to the US Senate, asking them for their approval and immediate abolition of filibuster rules. This is so that bills can be passed without obstruction from Republicans.
Biden said that he was “tired of being quiet” during his speech in Atlanta, Georgia. The voting right bill will allow Americans access to the ballot box.
“Today, I’m making it clear,” said the president, to protect our democracy, I support changing the Senate rules, whichever way they need to be changed, to prevent a minority of senators from blocking action on voting rights.”
However, this strong persuasion may not be enough to get the voting rights bill passed.
To change the rules and get legislation passed, majority leader Chuck Schumer needs all 50 Democratic senators’ backing because the Senate is equally divided between the two parties.
However, it is clear that Joe Machin will not be supporting any rule changes unless they can get enough bipartisan support. It seems unlikely, seeing as how Republicans are unified against the reformation of the filibuster.
Kamala Harris, current vice-president of the United States, has argued that Senate Democrats shouldn’t allow a filibuster to stop progress on voting rights legislation.
“The American people have waited long enough. The Senate must act,” said Vice-President Harris. Democratic senator Chuck Schumer said earlier that Congress would act on voting rights “as soon as tomorrow.”
Biden urged the election officials to protect American voting rights. He believes that they should decide whether or not to be part of this responsibility and take a stand for what’s right.
“History has never been kind to those who have sided with voter suppression over voters’ rights,” Biden said. “Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis? This is the moment to decide.”