Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer pushed the S. 1 the “For the People Act” forward in the Senate on Tuesday, knowing full-well that Republicans would keep the bill from advancing without a 60 vote majority.
The Bottom Line: The President & I Support S1 Bill
The Senate bill would federalize congressional elections across the country, requiring voting changes such as automatic voter registration, protecting illegal immigrants from prosecution if they voted, register minors to vote, require early voting, and establishing nationwide vote-by-mail without voter ID. The bill would also allow ballots to be counted ten days after Election Day.
President Joe Biden was kept safe from the political fallout, while Vice President Kamala Harris was sent to join the display of righteous indignation from Democrats after the bill failed to advance with a partisan vote of 50-50.
Biden did not even address the issue publicly on camera on Tuesday, choosing instead to hold an event at the White House to highlight the upcoming fire and drought season in the summer.
He concluded the short event Tuesday afternoon and ignored shouted questions from reporters about the voting rights bill.
Harris was sent to lead the proceedings in the Senate instead, as Biden tasked her with taking the lead on voting rights at the beginning of June.
Harris not only led the proceedings in the Senate but joined reporters on camera to talk about the issue after the bill failed.
“The bottom line is that the president and I are very clear … the fight is not over,” Harris said to reporters afterward.