(FiveNation.com)- The White House has a keen interest in bolstering voting rights, but the president isn’t going to be the one who’s heading the effort.
On Tuesday, President Joe Biden handed those duties off to his vice president, Kamala Harris. The VP will add this monumental task on top of her an incredibly difficult job the president passed onto her already — figuring out the “root causes” of the huge increase in migration to the U.S. from Central America.
In addition, she’s also been tasked with figuring out how to expand access to broadband internet services throughout the country.
This week, Biden spoke to a group of people in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he was commemorating the 100th anniversary of the race massacre in the city. On that day, 300 Black people were killed after a white mob attacked a district in Greenwood known as “Black Wall Street.”
The mob attacked the Black people because they had set up thriving businesses in the area.
In his speech, Biden said voting groups should “redouble their efforts” to educate and register voters across the country. He then declared that June would be a “month of action” for Congress to debate proposed legislation that would tackle voting rights.
Biden said voting was a “sacred right under assault with incredible intensity like I’ve never seen.” He was referring to many Republican-led states passing voting bills that many Democrats have called way too restrictive, and a reminder of Jim Crow-era laws.
After she was put in charge of leading the voting rights effort, Harris released a statement saying voting rights were “under assault” in America. She referred to the 300 or so election bills that have been introduced across the country since the 2020 presidential election.
She also said Congress should pass the For the People Act as well as the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
In her statement, Harris further said:
“In the days and weeks ahead, I will engage the American people, and I will work with voting rights organizations, community organizations, and the private sector to help strengthen and uplift efforts on voting rights nationwide. And we will also work with members of Congress to help advance these bills.”
Democrats have said that the voting security bills passed in Republican states target people of color and restrict access to voting. Many corporations have condemned the new laws. Major League Baseball even pulled its All-Star Game out of Atlanta because of Georgia’s law.
Other states that have passed laws that Democrats don’t like include Iowa and Florida.
Texas Republicans have been trying to pass a similar law, but Democrats in the state House temporarily denied them the ability to do so when they walked out of the chamber recently. That removed the quorum the GOP needed to hold their final vote on the bill.
Harris is going to have a very tough job on her hand, wrangling all these different politicians in these different states to all get on the same page and work toward what she, other Democrats and Biden want.
And she’s going to have to do it all without the help of her boss, apparently.