The House passed a sweeping voting rights act. What’s in it?
Biden’s executive action, limited in scope, comes as he backs Democrat-led voting rights legislation, H.R. 1, that cleared the House this week on a party-line vote. It would usher in sweeping election changes such as increasing early voting, reducing photo-identification requirements, allowing same-day registration and requiring independent redistricting of congressional districts.
The bill would also combat efforts of Republican-controlled state legislatures across the country that, inspired by former President Donald Trump’s false claims of widespread voter fraud in his election loss, are considering new measures that would restrict voter access.
The unity breakfast fell on the 56th anniversary of “Blood Sunday” in Selma, Alabama. On March 7, 1965, more than 100 peaceful protesters on their way to Montgomery, including the late Rep. John Lewis, were met on the Edmund Pettus Bridge by a wall of police. The protesters were tear-gassed and beaten. Lewis’ skull was fractured.
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“The legacy of the march in Selma is that while nothing can stop a free people from exercising their most sacred power as a citizen, there are those who will do everything they can to take that power away,” Biden said in his remarks to the attendees.