White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says the president plans to lay out his case for why lawmakers must pass a voting rights bill because denying the right to vote is “suppression and silencing.”
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Psaki’s comments come as Democrats in the Texas Legislature were planning Monday to leave the state for Washington, D.C., in a second revolt against a GOP overhaul of election laws, creating another dramatic showdown over voting rights in America.
The sweeping new voting restrictions in Texas includes outlawing 24-hour polling places, banning ballot drop boxes and empowering partisan poll watchers.
Last week, Vice President Kamala Harris announced $25 million in new spending by the Democratic National Committee on actions to protect voting access ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
President Joe Biden and his team are stressing ongoing legal efforts to safeguard voting rights. They’ve also promised a major legislative push after Senate Republicans blocked a sweeping election overhaul last month. The president has told reporters he plans on “speaking extensively” on voting rights and that he would be “going on the road on this issue.”
Psaki also spoke about the ongoing push on Capitol Hill to get some of Biden’s agenda pass including on infrastructure.
Biden’s hopes to pump trillions of dollars into building roads, pipelines and other infrastructure projects, as well as bolstering health care, services for families, programs combating climate change and other initiatives.