Nancy Pelosi says 1/6 attack underway as she calls on Senate to pass voting rights

President Pelosi has warned that Republican 1/6 attack is underway in the states through voter suppression bills.


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Marguerite Brennan. Well, the White House is putting its shoulder behind this push for voting rights and electoral law against Build Back Better in the coming days at last. I want to ask you, when you look around the country there are a lot of states that are changing their own election laws. In addition, it could increase the risk of partisan interference when it comes to certifying the result of an election. Did you think about this scenario for those mid-course races? Would you commit to seating an elected person if their election is not permitted in the state in which they are elected? I mean, whatever the outcome, are you going to sit them down?

President Pelosi. Well, first, let’s get the bill passed. I think the order of things is very appropriate.

There is nothing more important to us than to protect our Constitution and our democracy. What Republicans are doing across the country is truly a legislative continuation of what they did on January 6, which is to undermine our democracy, undermine the integrity of our elections, undermine voting power, which is the essence of a democracy. So we have to make this bill. There is no more important bill that allows us to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Attack 1/6 did not end after the Capitol attack. The Big Lie has been used as a justification in the Red States for an unprecedented wave of voter suppression bills.

Democrats have wanted to pass voting rights bills for a year, but they’ve run into obstacles within their own party through Sens. Manchin and Sinema. There is hope because both Democrats support the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom To Vote Act. Both Democrats have expressed openness to changing the filibuster rules in the past.

President Pelosi was right. Republicans are attacking democracy and now is the time to react.

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