The setting was a meeting of the House Rules Committee, which Rep. Jim (Gym) Jordan (R-OH) serves on.
During a hearing on HR 4, which is the voting reform bill being advanced in the House of Representatives, Rep. Joseph Morelle (D-NY) called Jordan out for his repeated lies about Donald Trump supposedly winning the 2020 election, which of course he didn’t.
Crooks and Liars reports that Congressman Morelle began his remarks by chastising Republicans for some of the restrictive voting laws being passed in states such as Florida, Georgia, and Texas, all of which are controlled by the GOP. Morelle noted that these infringements on the right to vote are a “disgrace,” and then lit into Jordan:
“‘I also find it curiouser and curiouser that Mr. Jordan, you would use 2020 data on election participation when you wouldn’t even acknowledge the outcome of the same election,’ Morelle said.
“Earlier in the debate, Jordan claimed there was no need for Democratic bills on voting rights since the turnout of the 2020 election was so huge.”
After months of debate and delays on the fundamental issue of voting rights in the United States, it appears that Congressional Democrats finally have a bill that has the blessing of hesitant senators such as Sens. Joe Manchin (WV) and Krysten Sinema (AZ).
The New York Timesreports that top Democratic leaders will meet today to discuss the legislation:
“President Biden and the top Democrats in Congress are expected to meet at the White House on Friday to discuss their party’s faltering efforts to pass major voting rights legislation, according to two congressional aides familiar with the plans.”
The new voting rights bill, according to the Times, would eliminate the specter of a filibuster:
“Democrats are close to finalizing a scaled-back bill that activists hope could be a battering ram in the fight over the filibuster. The party is also readying legislation to reinforce the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and lawmakers have discussed tucking voting provisions into the $3.5 trillion budget plan advancing in the Senate, which they can push through unilaterally over the opposition of Republicans. But the G.O.P. is largely opposed to all three.”
The new legislation includes 15 days of early voting, ends gerrymandering of congressional districts, expands mail voting, and has a voter ID provision. It would also require that super PACs disclose who their donors are and would effectively neutralize Republican voter suppression laws that have been passed in states such as Georgia and Florida.
It also appears likely that the voting rights legislation will be included in the upcoming $3.5 billion infrastructure bill that will be passed using budget reconciliation, meaning Democrats would only need all 50 votes from their senators. The deciding vote would then be cast by Vice President Kamala Harris in her role as president of the Senate.
Democrats are not giving up on voting rights, and given the fact that Republicans seem intent on cheating in order to win elections, the passage of a voting rights bill is more critical than ever.
On Thursday, there were protests in defense of voting rights on Capitol Hill, one of which was led by Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Beatty and other black women were arrested for their protests, which they knew they likely would be. But they had brought attention to the need for voting rights legislation and made their point.
Afterwards, posted a strong, defiant message on Twitter to let the world know she and her fellow protesters won’t be silenced and won’t stop protesting until Congress passes comprehensive legislation to address the wave of voting restrictions being passed by GOP-controlled states across the country:
Beatty also shared photos of her and her fellow protesters before they were arrested:
For some reason known only to him, Donald Trump Jr. decided he’d comment on Congresswoman Beatty’s tweets, but he did it in a way that’s typical for him: Like a moronic asshole:
Yes, black women can indeed vote. But it seems Republicans consider them to be a threat to their electoral future, so they want to make it as difficult as possible for people of color to vote. Make no mistake: Voting restrictions are about suppressing the voices of black and brown Americans. They’re a modern-day form of Jim Crow.
Rep. Beatty, however, got the last word on the matter:
Others also joined the parade, verbally slapping Junior down:
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is terrified of what he’s facing when he runs for reelection next year.
Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) has already announced she will seek the Democratic nomination to face Rubio, along with former Florida governor Charlie Crist, who also currently serves in the House. Bothone poll extremely well when pitted against the incumbent Rubio.
Also, a couple of weeks ago, the Orlando Sentinel excoriated Rubio, writing:
“What’s the point of appealing to someone who swore off another Senate run when he ran for president in 2016, then turned around and ran for the Senate? Someone who negotiated a bipartisan immigration reform bill and then campaigned against it?
“We’ve been waiting a decade for Rubio to do the right thing. But the senator is Lucy with the football, and every Floridian who trusts him is Charlie Brown.”
And now the Florida senator is making it clear that he knows if every registered voter in his state casts a ballot next year, he’s going to lose in a landslide.
Speaking with The Floridian, Rubio was asked about legislation Demings will soon be introducing in the House called the “Every Vote Counts Act.” The legislation would federalize elections and supersede laws that have been passed in dozens of states recently, including in Florida.
But to hear Rubio tell it, the bill is a disaster:
So making it easier for people to vote and guaranteeing that everyone who is eligible can cast a ballot is now Marxist? Karl Marx wasn’t exactly a fan of elections. If you doubt that, take a look at what happened when Marxism was instituted on a national scale in the Soviet Union.
Demings explained the reason she sees the need for her bill, and it completely destroys Rubio’s angry rantings:
Republicans don’t want all Americans to have a voice when it comes to elections. They just want their voters to show up and cast a ballot. See, they know they can’t win elections without cheating, so they try to codify their cheating via legislation that restricts the most fundamental right of any representative democracy.
Marco Rubio is a cancer on the Senate. He needs to be booted from office and also needs to go back and take some lessons in history and political science.
Now that we once again have a U.S. Attorney General who believes in protecting the Constitution and the rights of all Americans, the Department of Justice is once again working to make sure that all of us have an equal voice in deciding who represents us and makes the laws that govern our nation.
According to multiple reports, the DOJ under AG Merrick Garland is giving serious considering to suing the state of Georgia for the package of voter suppression restrictions that were signed into law Thursday evening by Governor Brian Kemp (R).
CNN White House correspondent Arlette Saenz reports that President Joe Biden was asked about whether or not the DOJ would indeed challenge voting restrictions in the Peach State:
That’s not all the president had to say on the matter, according to the New York Daily News:
President Biden took blistering aim Friday at Georgia Republicans and suggested they could face Justice Department scrutiny for enacting an ‘outrageous’ law that places ‘Jim Crow’-like restrictions on voting in the critical swing state.
“Biden also told reporters later in the day that Justice Department intervention could be warranted.
“’We don’t know quite exactly what we can do at this point. The Justice Department’s taking a look as well,’ he said.”
A lawsuit has already been filed in Georgia by several civil rights groups. The Justice Department could either join that action or file its own lawsuit to block implementation of the voting restrictions and eventually have them ruled unconstitutional and therefore illegal.
The Biden administration also continues to push for passage of the For the People Act in the U.S. Senate. While Republicans are expected to try and delay a vote on the bill by using the filibuster, it increasingly looks like Senate Democrats will overhaul the filibuster rules so that the voting rights bill can reach the Senate floor for a vote. With the Senate currently divided 50-50 among the two parties, a tie vote would allow Vice President Kamala Harris to cast the deciding vote that would make the For the People Act the law of the land.
The DOJ needs to fight the Georgia voting restrictions and get them overturned. If Republicans cannot win elections without cheating, then they should disband their party and admit they’re bereft of any real ideology other than repression.