Biden calls for Senate rule change in bid to overhaul US election laws

Biden calls for Senate rule change in bid to overhaul US election laws

1/12/2022 1:36:00 PM

Biden calls for Senate rule change in bid to overhaul US election laws

Joe Biden has called for a historic change to Senate rules as he tries to overhaul US election laws in a “battle for the soul of America”.

Mr Biden’s Democrats want to bring in the changes to counter a surge of legislation from Republican state lawmakers imposing new restrictions on voting- many relating to mail-in voting, which was used in unprecedented numbers in the 2020 presidential election amid the Covid pandemic.

Former Republican president Donald Trump raised concerns about mail-in voting amidhis baseless claims about voter fraud in the election, that he lost.Mr Biden said: “To protect our democracy, I support changing the Senate rules, whichever way they need to be changed, to prevent a minority of senators from blocking action on voting rights,” the president said in a speech in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday.

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Tej Kohli: a man on a mission to heal the world’s blind Mr Biden’s Democrats want to bring in the changes to counter a surge of legislation from Republican state lawmakers imposing new restrictions on voting- many relating to mail-in voting, which was used in unprecedented numbers in the 2020 presidential election amid the Covid pandemic. Former Republican president Donald Trump raised concerns about mail-in voting amid his baseless claims about voter fraud in the election , that he lost. Mr Biden said: “To protect our democracy, I support changing the Senate rules, whichever way they need to be changed, to prevent a minority of senators from blocking action on voting rights,” the president said in a speech in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday. He said changing the rules would be to protect the “heart and soul of our democracy”. Forecasts for this year’s mid-term elections have sparked a sense of urgency among Democrats, with political analysts saying the party risks losing control of Congress. However it is unclear if Biden will be successful in changing Senate rules as he may not have enough support among Democrats. MORE ABOUT