Kinzinger defends not supporting voting rights act: 'Democrats have to quit playing politics'

Kinzinger defends not supporting voting rights act: 'Democrats have to quit playing politics'
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Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerSchumer tees up key Thursday vote on debt deal Crenshaw slams House Freedom Caucus members as 'grifters,' 'performance artists' Kevin McCarthy is hostage to the GOP's 'exotic wing' MORE (R-Ill.) on Sunday defended his decision to not support the John LewisJohn LewisDole to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills With extreme gerrymanders locking in, Biden needs to make democracy preservation job one MORE Voting Rights Act, saying, "Democrats have to quit playing politics."

While appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," Kinzinger was asked by host Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperNine African countries reporting omicron cases amid travel bans Here's who should (and should not) replace Chris Cuomo at CNN Senate Democrat says he will 'settle' for less aggressive gun control reform 'because that will save lives' MORE why he didn't support the bill and whether he believed there was a bipartisan effort that Republicans could get behind.

"I certainly hope there is. I think there is," said Kinzinger.

"Look, you can call a bill the Voting Rights Act, and then left-wing Twitter goes nuts about this by the way, and they can say you voted against voting rights without even look into the details," the Illinois Republican said.

Kinzinger argued that passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Act as it is written now would  simply be a reimplementation of temporary provisions that were included in the Civil Rights Act of 1960 that required all states get federal approval for changes to election systems. The Supreme Court invalidated this part of the bill in 2013.

Kinzinger said that this type of measure would have passed in the Trump administration.

"The problem is, you know I admonish my side all the time about playing politics. The Democrats have to quit playing politics on some of this too," said Kinzinger. "You can call it the For the People Act which was the other one and really what that is is public funding for campaigns among another whole host of things. If we actually went into this as adults with real discussions I think we can solve stuff."