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U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, honored the work and memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service.
Watch Harris’ remarks in the player above.
Harris and Emhoff volunteered Monday at Martha’s Table, a Washington, D.C.-based food pantry and community service organization, bagging fruits and groceries.
This holiday marks what would have been the 93rd birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 15, who was just 39 when he was assassinated in 1968 while helping sanitation workers strike for better pay and workplace safety in Memphis, Tennessee.
Asked by reporters while she was placing food in bags about the status of voting rights legislation after it effectively stalled in the Senate last week, Harris vowed to “keep working on it.”
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“We’re not going to give up. You’ve heard me say that before and I mean it. This is too important,” Harris said. “This is literally about the future of our country in terms of this democracy, and we have to remain deeply committed to getting this done and seeing it through,” she said.
The two voting rights bills before the Senate hit a major roadblock last week when Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona refused to vote for a change in Senate rules to make the legislation possible.
Sinema said on the Senate floor that while she supports the voting rights measures, she would not alter filibuster rules to allow the bills to move forward.
Without any Republican support, the bills require a change in Senate rules to pass by simple majority.
Harris said despite the Senate obstacle, the White House would keep working to find a way to pass the legislation.
“I’m not going to absolve, nor should any of us, absolve any member of the United States Senate from taking on a responsibility to follow through on the oath that they all took to support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” she said.
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