Vice President Harris said on Tuesday she has spoken with GOP senators and other Republican leaders about voting laws.
Speak with CBS NewsHarris said there is “no clear line” between who she speaks to about voting rights laws, adding that it is a “partisan issue” and “should be approached that way”.
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“I’ve talked to Republican senators — both elected Republicans and Republican leaders,” Harris said when asked if she’s talked to members of the GOP about the For the People Act, which has been blocked in the Senate.
Harris told CBS that despite this setback, the S.1 bill is still an “important part of what we must do to fight for the right to vote.”
Frustrations have boiled over in Congress over the setbacks, with some progressive lawmakers calling for the filibuster to be abolished. Harris declined to support filibuster reform during her interview with CBS, instead saying that “there is a national obligation to pass voting rights legislation, and that is the test of our time.”
“Any change to the filibuster requires all Senate Democrats to support those changes,” she added, seemingly referring to Sen. Joe Manchin
Joe ManchinManchin backs candidate for head of public lands Schumer sets up infrastructure confrontation on Wednesday Clean electricity standard should be a good idea amid extreme climate impacts MORE (DW.Va.), who has been a staunch opponent of getting rid of the filibuster.
Harris recently met with a group of Democratic state legislators from Texas, who are in Washington, DC, to avoid passing a state law that would further restrict voter access. Harris told CBS she will also meet with Native American and Alaska Native leaders for discussions about voting rights.
“There’s a lot of work to be done. There’s no doubt about that,” Harris continued. “I join the chorus in saying that everyone should approach this issue with a sense of urgency and a sense of deep-seated commitment to fight against these attempts to suppress the mood.”