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Sen. Warnock on the prospects for voting rights legislation: ‘This is about our democracy’

January 13, 2022

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Summary

President Biden on Thursday made his case for voting right legislation directly to Senate Democrats and heatedly denounced the Republican efforts to put limits on voting. But Sen. Kyrsten Sinema reiterated that she would not support a change to the 60-vote threshold or weakening the filibuster. Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, a key lawmaker close to the issue, joins Judy Woodruff to discuss.

Five Facts

  • Who is interviewed in this piece, and what is his background?
  • What are some threats to fair voting according to Warnock?
  • Why does Warnock argue reforms are needed?
  • How has voting legislation become tied up in the Senate?
  • What path forward does Warnock envision for voting legislation?

Focus Questions

What do you find most confusing or unfair about the way voting works in this country? How do you think it could be made more fair?

Media literacy: What strategies do you think Senator Warnock used to persuade the audience of the importance of voting legislation? Do you think they were effective? Why or why not?

For More

For more on the obstacles that make passing voting legislation in its current form unlikely, see the following video.

 

 

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