WATCH LIVE: Biden to make a landmark speech from Georgia in his fight for voting rights

WATCH LIVE: Biden to make a landmark speech from Georgia in his fight for voting rights
Joe Biden // White House

President Joe Biden will deliver a critical address Thursday afternoon, urging passage of vital legislation to protect voting rights as Republicans in state legislatures across the country cripple access to the ballot and enact laws that could literally nullify the will of the voters.

The President, having seen the actions of Republicans at the state and national level, will call for the Senate to carve out an exemption from the 60-vote majority filibuster in order to pass two critical bills: the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Freedom to Vote Act.

The New York Times, reporting Biden’s expected remarks, calls the filibuster “a Senate tradition that has allowed Republicans to repeatedly block a major priority of Democrats.” The paper of record labels it “the most significant step he will have taken to pressure lawmakers to act on an issue he has called the biggest test of America’s democracy since the Civil War.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has said he will begin the process of a filibuster carve out as early as Wednesday, with a possible vote on Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

READ: ‘You cannot let this happen’: MSNBC host delivers powerful plea directly to Biden to stop a starvation crisis

The President and Vice President Kamala Harris are expected to speak live beginning around 3:45 PM. You can watch below, on legitimate cable news channels, and on C-SPAN.

Watch live:

President Biden and Vice President Harris Delivers Remarks on Voting Rights


Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ }}