After delivering a fierce speech on January 6th where he never referred to his predecessor by name, President Joe Biden is turning his focus on the all-important issue of voting rights, while also setting aside time to get boots on the scorched ground in Colorado where thousands lost their homes due to sudden and raging wildfires there last week.
The President will tour the burn area from the Marshall Fire, one of Colorado’s most destructive fires in history. Governor Jared Polis had declared a state of emergency and later praised President Biden for his quick action in releasing federal assistance to those impacted. Rep. Joe Neguse, a Democrat who represents Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, will join Gov. Polis in welcoming the President to Boulder County.
The President will follow up his trip out West to a visit to the South early next week, where he’s expected to acknowledge the cradle of the civil rights movement with a speech about voting rights in Georgia ahead of Martin Luther King Day. Vice President Kamala Harris will join the President to travel to Atlanta “to speak to the American people about the urgent need to pass legislation to protect the constitutional right to vote and the integrity of our elections from corrupt attempts to strip law-abiding citizens of their fundamental freedoms and allow partisan state officials to undermine vote counting processes,” a White House statement said.
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 6, 2022
President Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass federal voting rights legislation during this first year of his presidency and has repeatedly denounced Republican states for instituting restrictive voter laws. The Biden administration now faces mounting pressure to get Congress to a pass voting rights law ahead of the midterm elections. The President has called for full non-partisan support of The Democrat-backed pieces of legislation, asking Congress to pass contain provisions aimed at fighting voter suppression, making it easier to register to vote, making Election Day a public holiday, ensuring states have early voting for federal elections, and allowing all voters to request mail-in ballots.
One year ago, our democracy was attacked and our Constitution faced the gravest of threats. But We the People prevailed.
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— President Biden (@POTUS) January 6, 2022
The Senate is expected to take up voting rights in the next few weeks. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer set a deadline of January 17 — Martin Luther King Day — for the Senate to vote on a rules change if Republicans continue to block voting rights legislation.