“Make no mistake – the idea that we cannot both hold secure elections and ensure that eligible voters can make their voices heard is a false choice.”
Ms Obama called on the Senate to follow the House’s suit and advance the act, which aims at a complete overhaul of the current electoral system and is a reboot of the 2019 bill that was passed in the House but could not pass in the Senate. This time again, the filibuster could stand in the way of the passage of the law.
Apart from the former first lady, President Biden also praised the House action in a statement on Thursday morning, saying it comes in “the wake of an unprecedented assault on our democracy.”
He added that the right to vote is “sacred and fundamental” and said “this landmark legislation is urgently needed to protect that right, to safeguard the integrity of our elections and to repair and strengthen our democracy.”
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