Senator scolds Georgia governor: 'He knows better'

Georgia Sen. Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockTrump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Trump stokes GOP tensions in Georgia The Memo: Trump's Arizona embarrassment sharpens questions for GOP MORE (D) on Sunday reacted to Gov. Brian KempBrian KempTrump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Trump stokes GOP tensions in Georgia Georgia faculty members to require masks in classrooms MORE’s (R) praise of the state’s new voting bill, saying the governor “knows better.”

“He knows better,” Warnock told anchor Dana BashDana BashManchin suggests pausing talks on .5 trillion package until 2022: report House is no easy road for Biden, Democrats on .5T package Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Manchin: key energy provision of spending package 'makes no sense' MORE on CNN’s “State of the Union,” following a clip of Kemp saying the state is “expanding the right to vote.”

“Unfortunately Georgia has a long history of voter suppression and when I say a long history I mean in recent years, and certainly it is ramped up with this bill that he signed into law,” Warnock added.

Kemp on Thursday signed a sweeping voting bill into law, tightening a number of voting procedures in the state, including voter identification requirements for absentee voting, limits on the use of ballot drop boxes, and giving state lawmakers control over elections.

One provision of the bill makes it a crime for people to hand out water or food to those standing in line to vote; the bill argues such provisions are a form of a gift that should be outlawed.

The bill has come under enormous criticism, but other states are also looking at similar measures.