April Ryan: Biden owes Black voters an explanation on stalled voting rights push
Longtime political journalist April Ryan said that President Biden owes Black voters in America an explanation for his failure to get federal voting rights legislation passed through Congress.
The president has also voiced support for changing Senate rules to allow Democrats to pass voting rights legislation without Republican support. Two moderate Senators in his party however, Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.), have said they would not support any effort to abolish the filibuster rule.
During a fiery speech in Atlanta last week, Biden argued that the time has come for Democrats to do what is necessary to fight back against an effort by Republicans in recent months that he said suppresses voting, particularly among minorities.
“This is one of those defining moments in American history,” Biden said. “Each one of the members of the Senate is going to be judged by history on where they stood before the vote and where they stood after the vote. There’s no escape.”
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