Obama tries to salvage electoral reform before Senate vote

Obama tries to salvage electoral reform before Senate vote
Oud President Barack Obama.AFP photo

Obama’s action comes as the Senate prepares for its main vote on the bill on Tuesday.

The Democrats’ bill is the most comprehensive reform of state election rules in decades and aims to make it easier to vote in upcoming elections. It protects and broadens postal voting, which Republicans and President Trump vehemently opposed in the last election. The controversial division of electoral districts, as well as the financing of political campaigns, must also be addressed.

“It’s the result of a compromise,” Obama said Monday of the proposals made by conservative Democratic Senator Joe Manchin in recent days. Nor does President Biden ignore Manchin’s efforts to bring electoral reform into practice.

Democrats are trying with for the peopleA law to counter Republicans who have adopted stricter electoral rules in several states in recent months. The House already approved the bill in March, but it now threatens early failure in the Senate.

Siege Senate

Not only are Senate Republicans staunchly opposed to the bill, but they also threaten not to consider it during a procedural vote on Tuesday. The Democrats lacked the support of ten Republicans, and they needed to start the debate on the bill. There is a good chance that the bill will actually be blocked on Tuesday by Republicans, who, like Democrats, control half of the Senate.

By supporting Manchin’s proposals, Obama is trying to prevent Democrats’ efforts from turning into a disaster. The settlement proposals could count on the support of some Republican senators.

Manchin opposes the massive Democratic bill because, like Republicans, he thinks it goes too far. Obama’s move is noteworthy because it is unusual for previous presidents to intervene so openly in political discussions after their departure.

‘step forward’

Obama’s support for Manchin is also hot because the senator has become increasingly independent and often takes the side of Republicans. “It’s an attempt by the most conservative Democrats in Congress to come up with reasonable reforms,” ​​Obama said in an interview with Yahoo. “Proposals that a majority of Americans, Democrats and Republicans could agree to.”

Manchin supports early voting, among other things, which Democrats strongly support. He also maintains the proposal to make Election Day a holiday to encourage voters to go to the polls. However, he also embraces Republican proposals, such as requiring voters to present identification cards when voting.

The White House called Manchin’s proposals a “step forward” on Monday. Biden, who has described electoral reform as an important part of his presidential agenda, met Manchin at the White House on Monday. However, the White House did not go so far as to fully embrace the senator’s compromise proposals.