Vice President Kamala Harris announced Thursday that she will meet with Democratic state lawmakers who recently blocked the Texas bill next week, but she did not indicate when she plans to travel to the border. Mexican-American.
Vice President’s chief spokesperson Symone Sanders announced that Harris’ meeting with Democratic members of the state legislature “which in May blocked passage of legislation that would have rendered the vote much harder for the people of Texas “is scheduled to take place at the White House on June 16. Although Harris pledged to visit the southern border on Tuesday after a long period of criticism over the matter, she declined to provide a timeline for her visit in an exchange with a reporter on Thursday.
Texas’ proposed voting law would reduce Sunday voting hours, place new restrictions on postal ballot requests, ban drive-thru voting, and empower supporters of poll observers. While Republicans insist the bill is focused on maintaining “electoral integrity,” Democrats say the bill is an attempt to increase “voter suppression.” The bill appeared likely to be passed by the Texas GOP-controlled legislature before Democrats left the House chamber on May 30, thereby blocking the bill by denying the quorum required for a vote. takes place just before midnight.
Harris will meet with seven Democratic members of the Texas House and three members of the Texas Senate next week. The details of what they will discuss are not entirely clear. However, Harris is leading President Joe Biden’s efforts to pass the For the People Act, legislation that could strike down bills like the one proposed in Texas, and there’s no doubt the vice president isn’t in favor. new voting restrictions.
“Texas House Democrats have broken the quorum to end dangerous anti-election legislation,” Texas Representative Trey Martinez Fischer, one of the Democrats who will meet with Harris, said in a statement. “Our state and our country are better off when more people participate in our democracy. With everything at stake, we have used every tactic in our arsenal – not only to preserve our state, but to preserve our democracy.
“Now it is time for Congress to act,” added Fischer. “They must pass voting rights legislation that protects the rights of all voters. We are deeply grateful that Vice President Harris understands what is at stake and leads the way in protecting our democracy. We are honored. to be by his side, Congressional Democrats, and the entire Biden administration. “
Harris, who is also leading the Biden administration’s efforts to deal with the influx of migrants to the US-Mexico border, announced the meeting shortly after returning from a two-day diplomatic visit to Guatemala and the United States. Mexico. The vice-president received criticism from both sides of the political spectrum during the trip, progressives denounce her for telling potential migrants they should “not come” to the border, and conservatives continue to ask when she will. would make his own visit.
At a press conference in Mexico City on Tuesday, Harris mentionned that she would go personally to the border, although she did not provide any details. When Univision presenter Ilia Calderón urged Harris to announce a date for her visit on Thursday, the vice president responded by saying “I’ll keep you posted.”
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