Biden reacts to passage of voting rights and election reform bill: The right to vote is sacred and fundamental

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Thursday reacted to the House of Representatives passage of H.R. 1, a bill expanding voting rights and reforming U.S. elections.

The For The People Act is better known as H.R.1, and has been a priority for the Democrats in the face of relenting attacks against voting rights for Black and Brown people in America.

The President welcomed the development, saying, “The right to vote is sacred and fundamental — it is the right from which all of our other rights as Americans spring.”

In a statement, the president wrote: “In the wake of an unprecedented assault on our democracy; a coordinated attempt to ignore, undermine, and undo the will of the American people never before seen in our history; and a new wave of aggressive attacks on voting rights taking place in states across the country, I applaud Speaker Pelosi and the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021.
 
“The right to vote is sacred and fundamental — it is the right from which all of our other rights as Americans spring. This landmark legislation is urgently needed to protect that right, to safeguard the integrity of our elections, and to repair and strengthen our democracy. It will rein in the outrageous gerrymandering that distorts our democracy. It will empower the Justice Department to crack down on laws that curtail voting rights along racial lines. It will reform our campaign finance system to amplify the voices of the people — not the powerful. And it will modernize and secure our future elections against all manner of threats.
 
“I look forward to working with Congress to refine and advance this important bill. And I look forward to signing it into law after it has passed through the legislative process, so that together we can strengthen and restore American democracy for the next election and all those to come.”

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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