Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) was the first to affirm at Democrats’ Senate hearing in Atlanta on Monday and used his speaking time to rail against his state for “voter suppression” and advise Congress to pass “federal voting rights” legislation.
The hearing was the very first field hearing the Senate Rules Committee hosted in twenty years and was led by chairwoman Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), an outspoken advocate of federalizing elements of states’ election processes.
No Republicans took part in the hearing, which focused mainly on slamming Georgia’s Election Stability Act of 2021.
During Warnock’s opening remarks, he blasted the costs, saying, “Over the in 2015, Georgia has ended up being ground no for the sweeping voter suppression efforts we have actually seen gain momentum all across our nation.”
The passage of Georgia’s election expense in March was consulted with outrage from Georgia Democrats, consisting of Warnock, and prompted Major League Baseball (MLB) to pull its All-Star Game from Atlanta, a move that backfired after it deprived the city of tens of millions of dollars in awaited revenue. The game likewise ended up seeingits second-lowest ratings on record.
Warnock during his testimony claimed the bill created “hurdles,” such as forcing citizens to request absentee ballots and implementing controls over ballot drop boxes. He likewise utilized the frequently repeated line of attack about the change from allowing individuals to hand out water to rather enabling self-service water stations, citing it as an example of the bill making it harder for Georgians to vote.
“This is a sacred minute,” Warnock stated. “This is an inflection point in our nation. We remain in a 9-1-1 emergency situation for our democracy. History is enjoying us and the future is waiting to see if we will act.”
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) delivered remarks after the Democrats’ hearing, saying the occasion was not about election integrity but rather was about “raising cash and getting more power”:
Today, Washington Democrats continued their false attacks on Georgia’s Election Stability Show more lies about what our costs does. After months of Pinnochios and reality checks, it is obvious they still have not actually check out SB 202. Here’s the truth. pic.twitter.com/nvB4RJXE0t
— Guv Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) July 19, 2021
“After months of Pinocchios and truth checks, it is obvious Democrats still have not actually check out SB 202,” Kemp stated. “For President Biden, Sen. Klobuchar, and her Democratic associates, their false attacks and politicized suits aren’t about broadening ballot rights at all. It has to do with raising money and grabbing more power.”
Former Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), who Warnock directly defeated in a prominent Senate overflow race in January, calledthe hearing a “farce,” while Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) knockedit as a “silly stunt” based upon “Democrats’ bogus hysteria.”
Senate Republicans in June successfully obstructed Democrats’ effort to use federal standards to states’ voting procedures through the “For the People Act,” but Democrats have actually since vowed to seek other opportunities for election reform.
Referencing his Avoiding Election Subversion Act he presentedlast month as one example, Warnock said throughout his statement, “Our battle has actually just started, and I’m going to keep working in earnest with my Senate coworkers to pass voting rights legislation and to do it this Congress.”
President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) has also joined in targeting states’ control over election policies. The department revealeddays after the For individuals Act failed to pass the Senate that it fileda suit against Georgia, alleging the state’s Election Stability Act is racially inequitable, “particularly” versus black citizens.
The lawsuit, DOJ stated, was part of Attorney General Merrick Garland’s “commitment to expand the Justice Department’s efforts to safeguard voting rights.”
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