Senate Republicans used the obstruction, an operational instrument requiring 60 votes instead of a simple majority to block or block a vote, to delay civil rights legislation by decades. “It’s a tool widely used by racists,” Princeton University race historian Kevin Kruse said. Vox magazine. Senator Harry Reid told the magazine that a modern version of the originally unrelated filibuster rules were used “systematically” to block civil rights bills.
Systematic obstruction is also used today to block voting rights legislation. In response, Democrats called for an end to the filibuster, which would otherwise be subject to the limits of another Senate procedure known as closure. the The Senate defines this tool as “the only procedure by which the Senate can vote to set a time limit for the consideration of a bill or other matter, and thus overcome a filibuster”. “When people talk about ending filibustering, what they really mean is to reinterpret Senate rules regarding fencing so that legislation can be passed by a simple majority instead of being retained by a minority, ” CNN reported.
Biden had previously refrained from calling for an end to the filibuster, opting instead for a return to a talk of filibuster, in which senators “had to stand up and speak, you had to keep talking,” the president told ABC News. He signaled to the press last week that for legislation on such fundamental democratic rights as voting, he would be prepared to “go beyond” his fight for systematic obstruction.
Graham seemed to interpret the President’s remarks as hypocrisy serving what Graham saw as a “sick” legislative effort in the For the People Act, also known as HR 1.
“So every time a Republican does anything, we’re racist,” Graham said. “If you’re a white conservative you’re a racist. If you’re a black Republican you’re either a prop or an uncle. Tom. They’re using the racism card to advance a liberal agenda, and we’ve had enough of it. . HR 1 is sick, not what they do in Georgia. “
In the same interview, however, Graham acknowledged how ridiculous Georgian law is, which also makes it a crime to give standing voters food or water. “Well, we uh, all I can say is it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me,” Graham said.
The People’s Law, which was passed in the House and presented to the Senate earlier this month, aims to drive out efforts by states to undermine voter protection. States should allow automatic voter registration when residents, for example, obtain a driver’s license or other services through the Department of Motor Vehicles. It would also “end congressional gerrymandering, revise federal campaign finance laws, increase safeguards against foreign interference, (and) strengthen government ethics rules.” according to the policy institute, the Brennen Center for Justice.
Georgian Democrat Stacey Abrams has been relentlessly pushing legislation in response to over 250 bills aimed at peeling voting rights across the country. “Now more than ever, we need federal action to protect voting rights as we continue to fight these blatantly unconstitutional efforts which are nothing less than Jim Crow 2.0 ”. she tweeted Thursday.