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

Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownWhen the Fed plays follow the leader, it steers us all toward inflation Which proposals will survive in the Democrats' spending plan? Senate Democrats call for diversity among new Federal Reserve Bank presidents MORE (D- Ohio) said on Sunday that Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Methane fee faces negotiations White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege The No Surprises Act:  a bill long overdue 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 TrumpYoungkin ad features mother who pushed to have 'Beloved' banned from son's curriculum White House rejects latest Trump claim of executive privilege Democrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled 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 LewisTo ensure equality for all, Senate must end filibuster Biden injects new momentum into filibuster fight Patience with Biden wearing thin among Black leaders 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 PelosiDemocrats face critical 72 hours Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — 'Too late to evacuate' after wildfire debris Greene fined a third time for refusing to wear mask on House floor 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 McConnellBiden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Pelosi says GOP senators 'voted to aid and abet' voter suppression for blocking revised elections bill Manchin insists he hasn't threatened to leave Democrats MORE (R-Ky.)  said on Tuesday that if they reached an agreement, he would bring it to the Senate floor for a vote.