This Week on Washington Week: Big Business Pressures Political Leaders on Voting Rights
The ongoing battle over voting and democracy in America has been at the epicenter of the national political discussion this week. After Georgia passed a new, more restrictive voting law late last month, the state has dealt with corporate backlash, as companies including Coca-Cola and Delta spoke out against the law and Major League Baseball moved its 2021 All-Star Game out of Georgia and to Colorado. Other states, including Texas, Arizona and Florida, are considering similarly restrictive new voting laws. Republicans have condemned the actions of companies, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) telling businesses to “stay out of politics,” even as he continues to take corporate donations. McConnell later backed away from his warning.
And in Washington, Democrats are looking to expand voter access with H.R. 1, their bill that would set new national standards for voting laws and require super PACs and “dark money” groups to tell the public who their donors are. The bill is unlikely to win the support of enough Republicans to overcome a filibuster and conservative groups are mobilizing to make sure the bill falls short in Congress. Many progressives are pushing to work around the filibuster, but moderate Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) drew a line in the sand this week, saying he supports key provisions of the bill but would not want to weaken the filibuster to pass it. What does this mean for the battle for American democracy and the integrity of our elections?
Amy Walter, National Editor for the Cook Political Report, is our guest moderator this week. She will be joined by:
- Errin Haines, Editor at Large for The 19th
- Eamon Javers, Senior Washington Correspondent for CNBC
- Jane Mayer, Chief Washington Correspondent for The New Yorker
The conversation continues on the Washington Week Extra, streaming live on Facebook, YouTube and our website at 8:30PM.