Psaki: Biden's Fight for Voting Law 'Doesn't Stop Tomorrow'; 'This Will Be a Fight of His Presidency'

By Susan Jones | June 22, 2021 | 5:32am EDT
(Photo by ANGELA WEISS,MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by ANGELA WEISS,MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

( - "The Senate will vote to move forward with critical voting rights legislation TOMORROW," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) tweeted on Monday.

The bill, S.1, is expected to fail, without a single Republican vote.

But according to White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, the fight to relax state-passed voting rules is not over for President Biden:

"It's important to remember that this has been a 60-year battle to make voting more accessible, more available to Americans across the country," Psaki told the White House press corps on Monday:

And our effort, the president's effort to continue that fight doesn't stop tomorrow at all. This will be a fight of his presidency.

In terms of the steps he's taken, he's had conversations, obviously, with members about supporting this legislation, including Senator Manchin, as you all know, over the last couple of weeks. And he will continue to advocate. He's also asked his vice president--or agreed with his vice president and that she will be in charge of this effort moving forward.

It doesn't stop, this is an important piece of it, the federal legislation, more work to be done, but it doesn't stop with that. There's work to do in the states. There's work to do with voting groups. There is work to do to empower and engage legislatures. And that something that will also be part of her effort.

And as it relates to the filibuster, you know, I don't think you have to take it from a-- That would be Congress moving forward to making a decision. If the vote is unsuccessful tomorrow with, it will--I--we suspect it will prompt a new conversation about the path forward, and we'll see where that goes.

A short time later, Psaki repeated that "there is going to be more work done by the president, by the vice president, and by the administration to expand access to voting rights."

Schumer on Monday said, "My Republican friends are fond of saying they just want to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat in an election.'s spectacularly obvious that Republicans are making it harder to vote and easier to steal an election."

Nonsense, says Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell:

"S.1 is the same bad bill it’s been since the House introduced its version in 2019, with the same nakedly partisan motives," McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Monday.

“But ever since Democrats got the election outcome they wanted last fall, we’ve watched our colleagues update the rationale for their partisan power-grab: states must be stopped from exercising control over their own election laws."

McConnell said states are revising their election laws "based on lessons learned during the pandemic-era elections," not to suppress anyone's vote and not for racial motives, as Democrats claim.

Democrats, McConnell said, have "made abundantly clear that the real driving force behind S. 1 is a desire to rig the rules of American elections permanently in Democrats’ favor. That’s why the Senate will give this disastrous proposal no quarter.”

The bill coming up for a vote today would ban state photo ID requirements and vastly expand mail-in voting and ballot harvesting.  It would force states to implement early voting, automatic voter registration, same-day registration, online voter registration, and no-fault absentee balloting.

It would take congressional redistricting away from state legislatures, handing it to an unelected commission instead. And it would increase by sixfold the amount of taxpayer money going into the campaigns of incumbent politicians.

The conservative Heritage Foundation offers a full list of reasons why Americans should oppose the Democrats' so-called voting "rights" legislation.

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