Biden opposes Senate Democrats’ plan to atomic bomb the filibuster, force election review

President Biden on Tuesday plans to tell Americans he “will not back down” in support of Senate Democrats’ efforts to blow up the House’s filibuster rules to adopt a biased revision of election laws.

Speaking in Atlanta, Mr. Biden will push for the adoption of Democratic bills, which he says are necessary to maintain democracy in GOP-run states.

“The next few days, when these bills come to a vote, will mark a turning point in this nation,” according to excerpts from the speech, which Mr. Biden plans to hold in Georgia. “Will we choose democracy over autocracy, light over shadow, justice over injustice? I know where I stand. I will not give in. I will not give way. I will defend your right to vote and our democracy against all enemies foreign and And so the question is, where will the institution of the US Senate stand?

Republicans have offered to work on a compromise deal, but Mr Biden is pushing for the democratic package, which the GOP sees as nationalization of elections and a party-political grip on the ballot box.

Mr. Biden will give his speech at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the late Pastor Martin Luther King Jr. used to preach. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer views MLK Day as the deadline for adopting election proposals.

Lack of Republican support judges the bills in the Senate unless Democrats gather enough support to blow up the filibuster rule and force the legislation through in party votes, making Mr Biden’s key to support after the White House was reluctant to change rules in the past. .

Mr. Biden will argue for having passed the Democrats ‘freedom to vote law and John Lewis’ vote law.

The Freedom to Vote Act mandates states to offer same-day voter registration as well as automatic voter registration at local motor vehicle departments. It also creates a taxpayer-supported public funding system for house elections and imposes new restrictions on states’ ability to draw their constituencies.

The John Lewis Voting Act would give the Department of Justice comprehensive new powers to oversee state elections. In some cases, according to the bill, states would even have to secure the DOJ’s approval before implementing new voting laws.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Republican in Kentucky, has warned Democrats against breaking Senate rules to adopt a “radical takeover of our democracy.”

• Haris Alic and Kery Murakami contributed to this report.

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