Harris Announces Investing $25 Million in DNC Voting Rights Program برنامج
Vice President Harris on Thursday presented a $25 million expansion of the “I Will Vote” initiative for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as Democrats look to combat the wave of voting restrictions pushed through this year by Republican-controlled legislatures.
“This campaign is grounded in the firm belief that everyone’s vote counts,” Harris said in a speech at Howard University, her alma mater, in Washington, D.C.
“No matter who you are, where you live and which party you belong to, your vote matters,” the vice president continued.
“Your vote is your strength. And so I say, don’t let anyone take your power from you… especially the power of your voice. We will not let anyone take away our power, and that is why we are all here together today.
The funds will go to furthering the DNC’s efforts through voter registration, voter protection, and voter education.
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Voting rights are a major battle front for lawmakers in Congress, with two voting rights bills – a bill for the people and John LewisJohn LewisSinema emerges as Senate dealmaker amid growing concern Why do I keep the American dream Supreme Court ruling escalates voting rights battle in Congress More The Voting Rights Advancement Act – Core Principles for Democrats’ Legislative Agenda.
The For the People Act met with stiff opposition from the Republican Party in the Senate and it is unlikely that there will be enough Republican support for the legislation, named after the late Georgia congressman and voting rights champion, which has yet to be introduced at this session.
As more and more new, restrictive voting measures become law in high-powered states like Georgia and Florida, Democrats have doubled down on their position that their two bills are the only way to stop voter suppression.
At the heart of the partisan struggle over new voting bills across the country has been an earlier conflict President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump Golf Club Reaches 0K Settlement With NJ Over Drunk Driving Accident Trump attends the fight of his supporter Conor McGregor Giuliani’s law license suspended in the capital في MoreThe unsubstantiated claim that November’s presidential election was stolen from him through rampant voter fraud.
Democrats have credited the “Big Lie” and efforts to suppress minority voters as the catalysts behind the Republican voter bill, although Republicans have emphasized their goal is to increase voter integrity.
DNC President Jaime Harrison, who spoke briefly to Harris, noted this urgency in referring to the Supreme Court’s decision last week to uphold two Arizona voting laws that the Democratic Party has asserted violated the Voting Rights Act.
Democrats and advocates viewed the 6-3 decision as a blow to the amount of power the VRA has in stopping racist voting practices.
“Last week, the Supreme Court rolled back voting rights for more than 50 years,” Harrison said.
“The Voting Rights Act was passed to prevent this kind of nonsense. Our leaders then realized that racist tactics of voter suppression often appear neutral, but it is important to consider the disproportionate impact on black voters.”
November’s presidential election saw a historic turnout on several fronts, but advocates specifically praised the increase in black and Latino voter turnout as key factors that led to the shutdown. President BidenJoe BidenWife of murdered Haitian president transferred to Florida for treatment 4 people suspected of killing the Haitian president were shot dead by police The Senate looks to accept a bipartisan infrastructure deal as soon as July 19 Morevictory.
Harris and Biden are expected to meet prominent civil rights leaders later Thursday afternoon.
– Updated at 2:05 PM