Vice President Kamala Harris has a new duty to add to her list of expanding responsibilities. On Tuesday, President Joe Biden announced that he was tapping Harris to lead up the administration’s effort to protect the voting rights of all Americans.
Harris’ Response: The vice president released a statement on Tuesday commenting on her new responsibilities. In the statement, Harris said that she would work on preserving voting rights by working with community organizations and private groups that are also committed to strengthening the rights of voters across the nation.
Working with Congress: Harris also said that she would also work with Congress to pass the legislation needed to protect the rights of everyone to vote in fair and safe elections. Both Biden and Congress have encouraged Congress to pass HR 1, known as the For the People Act. The Democrats are also pushing to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to help to encourage the initiative of easy and equal voting access for every American.
More on Harris’ Plate: The president has not been reluctant to give Harris more on her plate in her role as second in command. Biden recently put Harris in charge of the precarious migrant situation at the border with Mexico. She is also heading up the administration’s goal to increase the availability of broadband internet in order to help small businesses grow across the country.
Why the New Role: The Biden administration is growing increasingly worried about the issue of voter rights in light of new legislation being passed in some of the most conservative states. The latest is a bill passed by Texas Republicans that severely restricts voter access. While Democrats in the Lone Star State were able to temporarily pause the advancement of the legislation, there is little doubt that the state’s GOP leaders will continue to try to approve the bill.
Biden Makes Announcement in Tulsa: The president made the important announcement about Harris’ new responsibilities during a speech marking the 100-year anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Biden gave the speech to mark this tragic and large unrecognized event in American history.