This Week on Washington Week: Democracy Tested At Home & Abroad
This Friday, Washington Week will explore the threat to American democracy.
The partisan battle over voting rights continues across the country with at least eighteen state legislatures currently advancing bills with tougher voting standards, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. Vice President Kamala Harris is now spearheading the Biden administration’s efforts to pushback on Republican efforts to change voting laws, moves that critics say, could make it harder for people of color to vote. Harris’ new role was announced when President Joe Biden traveled to Tulsa to mark the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Biden was the first president to mark this long-overlooked event in America's past on the ground in Oklahoma. According to the White House, the vice president asked for on this assignment. Where does Democrats’ “For the People Act,” which seeks to expand voting rights, stand? The House passed their version in March, but it faces fierce Republican opposition in the Senate.
Vice President Harris is also handling another tough issue—immigration from Central America—and is scheduled to travel to Guatemala and Mexico this weekend to address the conditions there that contribute to migrants heading to the U.S.
While Congress is in recess this week, the White House met with Republicans to try to find a middle ground on Biden’s multitrillion-dollar infrastructure plan—but the two parties are still very far apart on the definition of infrastructure and the source of funding the president’s proposals.
We also take a look at foreign policy as President Biden prepares for the G7 Summit and an upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Joining moderator Yamiche Alcindor with more insight and analysis:
- Leigh Ann Caldwell, Capitol Hill Correspondent for NBC News
- Astead Herndon, National Political Reporter for The New York Times
- Anita Kumar, White House Correspondent and Associate Editor for POLITICO
- Annie Linskey, White House Reporter for the Washington Post
The conversation continues on the Washington Week Extra, streaming live on Facebook, YouTube and our website at 8:30PM.