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Pressure grows on Biden to deliver meaningful voter protections - Erie News Now

Pressure grows on Biden to deliver meaningful voter protections - Erie News Now
By Kevin Liptak, Jasmine Wright and Dan Merica, CNN

Biden heads to Atlanta on Tuesday to make an urgent new case for voting rights legislation as Democrats prepare to advance two new bills that will require a weakening of Senate filibuster rules in order to pass -- a step Biden is prepared to endorse.Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris -- who asked Biden last year to take on voting rights as her signature issue -- plan to lay a wreath at Martin Luther King Jr.That criticism is growing louder after a coalition of voting rights groups annoced Monday they would be boycotting the President's speech.The two measures -- the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act -- would jointly bolster voting protections by, among other things, creating national standards for mail-in voting and restoring some stripped-out elements of the Voting Rights Act.

Ahead of his visit, some voting rights groups in Georgia voiced skepticism at the President's approach.A consortium of organizations wrote in a statement they would "reject any visit by President Biden that does not include an announcement of a finalized voting rights plan that will pass both chambers, not be stopped by the filibuster, and be signed into law.

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