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Brown says Biden's first moves as president should be COVID relief, voting rights

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownACLU sues DHS for records on purchased cell phone data to track immigrants DHS watchdog to probe agency's tracking of Americans' phone data without a warrant Rare Mnuchin-Powell spat takes center stage at COVID-19 hearing MORE (D- Ohio) said on Sunday that Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Federal student loan payment suspension extended another month Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week MORE’s first priorities as president should be passing coronavirus relief legislation and a new version of the Voting Rights Act. 

Lawmakers have been unable to send a new coronavirus relief measure to the White House since the end of March as Democrats and Republicans battle over the size of the package and its contents. 

Brown in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" called the relief package "the first really big thing" that should be done, adding that it should provide funding for rental assistance and to improve the country's infrastructure, and allow schools to reopen safely. 

“It’s ending this pandemic and getting the economy back on track which Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE has not only failed… Donald Trump doesn’t even have a plan for a second term, having no idea what to do about this pandemic,” Brown said. 

Brown also said the John LewisJohn LewisKwanza Hall wins race to briefly succeed John Lewis in Congress Congress must act to protect and expand Social Security benefits Ossoff features Obama in TV ad ahead of Georgia runoff MORE Voting Rights Act should be a priority "to restore voting rights that the Supreme Court has taken away."

The Supreme Court in 2013 struck down a key part of the Voting Rights Act that required election officials in certain states to get federal permission, from the Justice Department or the courts, before they were allowed to make changes to state election processes. 

The bill named after Lewis, a Civil Rights legend who died earlier this year, would restore requirements for these saes.

 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Unemployment gains lower than expected | Jobs report lights fire under coronavirus relief talks Hillicon Valley: Senate Intelligence Committee leaders warn of Chinese threats to national security | Biden says China must play by 'international norms' | House Democrats use Markup app for leadership contest voting Bipartisan governors call on Congress to pass coronavirus relief package MORE (D-Calif.) and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnunchin are negotiating a coronavirus package that could land between $1.8 trillion and $2.2 trillion. 

Senate Republicans have said they oppose a package that large, though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Unemployment gains lower than expected | Jobs report lights fire under coronavirus relief talks GOP senators back Christian school's push for COVID-19 carve-out Bipartisan governors call on Congress to pass coronavirus relief package MORE (R-Ky.)  said on Tuesday that if they reached an agreement, he would bring it to the Senate floor for a vote.