facebook linkedin twitter

Biden Taps Harris for Lead Role In Protecting Voting Rights

June 2, 2021 by Dan McCue
Vice President Kamala Harris attends a meeting with business CEO's about economic development in the Northern Triangle, Thursday, May 27, 2021, from her ceremonial office on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

TULSA, Okla. – President Joe Biden on Tuesday put Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of his administration’s efforts to protect voting rights.

Biden made the announcement during a speech in Tulsa, Okla., where he marked the 100th anniversary of a massacre in which a White mob killed hundreds of Black people and destroyed a thriving community known as Black Wall Street.

During remarks that lasted just over half an hour, the president spoke of how disturbed he’s been to see multiple states pass laws that many believe will make it more difficult for Blacks and other minorities to cast their ballot.

He called these efforts a “truly unprecidented assault on our democracy,” and said protecting the right to vote was the single most important priority in building a better country.

“To signify the importance of our efforts, today I’m asking Vice President Harris to help these efforts and lead them among her many other responsibilities,” Biden said. “With her leadership and your support, we’re going to overcome again, but it’s going to take a hell of a lot of work.”

Later, Harris released a lengthy statement in which she said she would engage the public, voting rights groups, community organizations and the private sector “to help strengthen and uplift efforts on voting rights nationwide.”

“Every American has a right to have their voice heard at the ballot box, and no American should be kept from voting early, voting by mail, or voting at all. Our democracy is strongest when everyone participates, and it is weaker when people are left out,” the vice president said.

She noted that in the last election, “more people voted than ever before. Since then, more than 380 bills have been introduced across the country that would make it harder for Americans to vote. These bills seek to restrict the options that make voting more convenient and accessible, including early voting and vote by mail.

“Our administration will not stand by when confronted with any effort that keeps Americans from voting,” Harris said. 

“We must protect the fundamental right to vote for all Americans regardless of where they live. There are two important bills in Congress that would do just that. The For the People Act would provide all Americans with fair and accessible voting options, and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would prevent discriminatory changes to voting laws and procedures,” she said. 

White House

Biden Pitching Partnership After Tough Stretch With Allies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden goes before the United Nations this week eager to make the case for the... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden goes before the United Nations this week eager to make the case for the world to act with haste against the coronavirus, climate change and human rights abuses. His pitch for greater global partnership comes at a moment when allies... Read More

September 17, 2021
by Daniel Mollenkamp
US Threatens Sanctions Against Officials in Tigray Conflict

The United States has threatened to issue new sanctions against members of the Tigray conflict in northwestern Ethiopia.  The conflict,... Read More

The United States has threatened to issue new sanctions against members of the Tigray conflict in northwestern Ethiopia.  The conflict, which has continued to deteriorate the stability of the region, has grown since last November. White House officials have said that the parties to the conflict... Read More

White House Warns That Debt Limit Showdown Could Hurt States

The White House is warning state and local governments about severe cuts to disaster relief, Medicaid, infrastructure grants. school money... Read More

The White House is warning state and local governments about severe cuts to disaster relief, Medicaid, infrastructure grants. school money and other programs if Congress fails to raise the U.S. debt limit. A fact sheet for state and local officials that was obtained by The Associated... Read More

Biden Announces Indo-Pacific Alliance With UK, Australia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the United States is forming a new Indo-Pacific security alliance with... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that the United States is forming a new Indo-Pacific security alliance with Britain and Australia that will allow for greater sharing of defense capabilities — including helping equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines. It's a move that could deepen... Read More

President, CEOs, Biz Leaders Meet on COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden was meeting Wednesday with the CEOs of Walt Disney and Columbia Sportswear, and other... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden was meeting Wednesday with the CEOs of Walt Disney and Columbia Sportswear, and other business executives and leaders leaders to discuss  his recently announced vaccine requirement for companies  that employ at least 100 people.  The White House meeting comes less... Read More

Biden Turns to Colorado to Pitch Investments in Clean Energy

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — While legislators craft the details back in Washington, President Joe Biden is pitching his massive... Read More

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — While legislators craft the details back in Washington, President Joe Biden is pitching his massive domestic spending package with a visit to a renewable energy lab in Colorado to highlight how the investments in clean energy in his plan would help... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top