On Sunday, Democratic Congressman Hakeem Jeffries of New York claimed that Republicans “want to make it harder to vote and easier to steal an election” after a broad election law passed the Texas Senate.
Jeffries made his comments on CNN’s “State of the Union” with host Jake Tapper.
Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries calls new proposed Texas voting restrictions “shameful.”
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) May 30, 2021
Rep. Jeffries: ‘The Texas Law Is Shameful’
“The Texas law is shameful, and Republicans clearly in Texas and throughout the country want to make it harder to vote and easier to steal an election,” Jeffries told Tapper.
The Democrat continued, “That’s the only way that I can interpret the voter suppression epidemic that we see working its way from one state, Georgia to Arizona to Texas, and all across the country, in so many different ways.”
Jeffries then implied that such legislation coming from Republicans is a threat to democracy.
The New York congressman said, “Fundamental to our democracy is the right to vote, self-government, that the American people get to decide and work for a democracy that reflects the voices of all Americans, not just a certain segment, not just conservatives, not just Republicans, not just people in certain parts of the country, all Americans.”
House Dem Caucus chair Hakeem Jeffries on CNN: “Republicans clearly want to make it harder to vote and easier to steal an election — that’s the only way that I can interpret the voter suppression epidemic.”
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) May 30, 2021
According to The Hill, the Texas bill calls for “banning drive-thru voting locations and temporary polling places, and imposing felony penalties on public officials who offer vote-by-mail applications to residents who did not request them.”
“The legislation, if signed by Gov. Greg Abbott (R), would also ban 24-hour voting, which was used in the 2020 election by more than 100,000 voters in Harris County, where President Biden won with roughly 56 percent of the vote,” The Hill noted.
President Joe Biden came out strongly against the legislation.
President Biden releases a statement calling Texas Senate Bill 7 “part of an assault on democracy” and “wrong and un-American.”
“In the 21st century, we should be making it easier, not harder, for every eligible voter to vote,” he says. pic.twitter.com/Q0sReIZjOh
— Arlette Saenz (@ArletteSaenz) May 29, 2021
Biden Blasts Texas Bill: ‘It’s Wrong And Un-American’
“Today, Texas legislators put forth a bill that joins Georgia and Florida in advancing a state law that attacks the sacred right to vote,” Biden said on Saturday in a statement, citing similar election integrity laws passed in Republican-led states.
The president continued, “It’s part of an assault on democracy that we’ve seen far too often this year—and often disproportionately targeting Black and Brown Americans.”
Biden finished, “It’s wrong and un-American. In the 21st century, we should be making it easier, not harder, for every eligible voter to vote.”
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