Biden To Target State Election Bills, Supreme Court Decisions In Voting Rights Speech In Philadelphia

Biden To Target State Election Bills, Supreme Court Decisions In Voting Rights Speech In Philadelphia

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President Biden is expected to target new election bills in states across the country that administration officials say are erecting new barriers to voting, as well as Supreme Court decisions they claim have weakened federal tools to combat “regressive voting laws,” in a speech focused on voting rights in Philadelphia on Tuesday. 

The president’s speech Tuesday is set to lay out the “moral case” for voting rights, amid, what administration officials have called “worrisome action on voting,” saying an “alarming number of states,” like Georgia, Florida, Iowa, Montana, Kansas and Arkansas are introducing new voting bills that would create barriers to the ballots. 

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Biden’s speech in Philadelphia, to be delivered at the National Constitution Center, is intended to be the start of somewhat of a public pressure campaign, White House aides said, even as legislative options to block voting restrictions face significant obstacles.

“He’ll lay out the moral case for why denying the right to vote is a form of suppression and a form of silencing,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday. “He will redouble his commitment to using every tool at his disposal to continue to fight to protect the fundamental right of Americans to vote against the onslaught of voter suppression laws.”

Psaki said Biden would vow to “overcome the worst challenge to our democracy since the Civil War.” But aides suggested his address would not contain much in the way of new proposals.

President Joe Biden walks to board Air Force One for a trip to Philadelphia to deliver remarks on voting rights, Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Congressional Democrats have tried to respond with a sweeping federal voting and elections bill that Senate Republicans have blocked. Most Republicans have similarly dismissed a separate bill, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore sections o

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