Warnock, whose election helped Democrats take control of the Senate in January, said he was “encouraged” when Biden harshly criticized new, restrictive electoral laws in Georgia signed by Republican Governor Brian Kemp last week, but said The President’s first major legislative achievement – a $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package passed on party-political lines – would not have been possible without his state’s voters.
“We wouldn’t have passed the American bailout plan if the people of Georgia hadn’t gotten up like they did, historic turnout,” Warnock said. “As a result, we were able to pass a historic law, shots in people’s arms, checks in their pockets. … And so we both have to do things. ”
Earlier this month House Democrats passed a comprehensive suffrage bill, dubbed HR 1, aimed at efforts by Republicans to restrict access to voting, including provisions requiring states to register voters on the same day, at least two weeks early voting and offer drop boxes for voting papers. Legislation awaits action in the evenly-divided Senate, where Democrats are unlikely to win at least 10 GOP votes to defeat a Republican filibuster.
“Ultimately, the filibuster is about minority rights in the Senate. How are you going to insist on protecting minority rights in the Senate while refusing to protect minority rights in society? “Warnock said.
Warnock insisted, however, that the Democrats must work with the Republicans because “if we do nothing else in the Senate, we must stand up for democracy.”
“I think we have to pass the voting right no matter what,” he said. “This is an attack on the covenant we have as an American people. And it’s my job to protect it. “