Vice President Kamala Harris slammed Republicans for obstructing voting rights legislation, saying they have “exploited” filibuster rules to block legislation.
“The Constitution of the United States gives the Congress the power to pass legislation,” Harris said in Atlanta. “And nowhere, nowhere does the Constitution give a minority the right to unilaterally block legislation. The American people have waited long enough.”
Harris’ remarks served as a preamble to President Biden, who is expected to lay out what changes he supports to the filibuster rules to allow voting rights legislation.
Harris called for two key voting rights bills to pass immediately, as a form of justice after a Supreme Court ruling that walked back provisions.
“That is why we have come to Atlanta today, to the cradle of the civil rights movement to the district that was represented by the great Congressman John Lewis,” Harris said.
In a direct shot to Republicans who chalk the Democratic efforts on voting rights up to political games, Harris said, “My fellow Americans, do not succumb to those who would dismiss this assault on voting rights as an unfounded threat, would wave this off as a partisan game.”
She added, “The assault on our freedom to vote will be felt by every American in every community in every political party. “
Harris ended by saying party leaders cannot tell their children they didn’t pass legislation because “we let a Senate rule stand in the way of our most fundamental freedom. Instead, let us tell them that we stood together as people of conscience and courage.”
“Let us tell them, we acted with the urgency that this moment demands and let us tell them we secured the freedom to vote that we ensured free and fair elections, and we safeguarded our democracy because then and their children,” she added.