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MLK family, Vice President Harris urge U.S. Senate act to bolster right to vote

WorldJan 17, 2022 03:17PM ET
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3/3 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Martin Luther King III delivers remarks at the 'March On For Voting Rights' rally in Washington, U.S. August 28, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/ 2/3

By Jan Wolfe and Nathan Layne

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The family of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and their supporters, some shouting, “Hey Hey! Ho Ho! Voter suppression has got to go,” marched in Washington on Monday urging passage of a law to protect voters from racial discrimination.

As part of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day D.C. Peace Walk, the King family and more than 100 national and local civil rights groups strode across the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge calling on President Joe Biden's Democrats to pass a bill in the U.S. Senate.

The march followed a disappointing week for Biden, who went to the Capitol to urge Senate colleagues to change filibuster rules so they could overcome Republican opposition to the bill, only to be forcefully rejected by two conservative Democrats who effectively hold veto power in the evenly split chamber.

In a separate speech livestreamed to the late Rev. King's Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Vice President Kamala Harris also urged the Senate to act, warning that efforts to restrict voting in some U.S. states could make it more difficult for millions of Americans to vote.

"We must not be complacent or complicit," Harris said. "We must not give up, and we must not give in. To truly honor the legacy of the man we celebrate today, we must continue to fight for the freedom to vote, for freedom for all."

At a rally before Monday's March, King's son, Martin Luther King III, praised Democrats for passing a sweeping infrastructure bill last year, but implored them to push through voting-rights legislation.

"You were successful with infrastructure, which was a great thing," King said to a crowd of hundreds, "but we need you to use that same energy to ensure that all Americans have the unencumbered right to vote."

King III, his wife, Arndrea Waters (NYSE:WAT) King, and their daughter Yolanda Renee King, led the march across the bridge.

“We need to make sure that everyone in this country can get to the polls, vote, and have their vote heard,” said Lisa Meunier, 53, of Washington, who joined the marchers.

The bill before the Senate would expand access to mail-in voting, strengthen federal oversight of elections in states with a history of racial discrimination and tighten campaign finance rules. Democratic supporters argue it is needed to counter a wave of new restrictions on voting passed in Republican-led states that election observers say would make it harder for minority and low-income voters to cast ballots.

New restrictions have emerged following former President Donald Trump's false claims that his 2020 election defeat was the result of widespread fraud.

'HISTORY WILL REMEMBER'

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has said the chamber would take up the bill on Tuesday, a delay from his earlier plan to hold a procedural vote on the bill by Monday, the federal holiday honoring King.

Republicans, who hold half the 100 seats in the Senate, are united in opposition to the bill, which they brand a partisan power grab. That leaves Biden and Schumer just one path to passing it: persuading conservative Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to agree to change the chamber's filibuster rule that requires at least 60 senators to agree on most legislation.

Yolanda Renee King addressed comments to the two holdout senators after the march.

"Senator Sinema, Senator Manchin, our future hinges on your decision, and history will remember what choice you make," she said.

Some civil rights groups in Georgia that helped propel Biden to presidential victory during the 2020 election boycotted his voting rights speech in Atlanta last week, saying they were disappointed by Biden's lack of action.

"Black voters risked everything – including their own health at the height of the pandemic – to vote Biden and Senate Democrats into office," wrote Cliff Albright and LaTosha Brown, co-founders of Black Voters Matter in a response to Biden's speech.

"It's time that officials in Washington treat us and our rights with the same level urgency."

Should these groups lose their enthusiasm for Democrats, it could increase the party's chances of losing their razor-thin majorities in at least one chamber of Congress in the Nov. 8, 2022, election.

Yolanda Townsend, who called herself a “senior” from the Washington, D.C., area, said at Monday's rally that she had found Biden's Georgia speech timely and forceful.

“I wish it was drawn earlier, but I think a line in the sand has been drawn and you’re either with us or against us," Townsend said.

MLK family, Vice President Harris urge U.S. Senate act to bolster right to vote
 

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Trevor Roberts
LimitUp Jan 17, 2022 8:06PM ET
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Dem policy is always opposite of their marketing slogans.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jan 17, 2022 8:06PM ET
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and you think GOP politicians or president orange always tell the truth?  if you believe that I have an Kenyan friend who wants to talk to you about sharing his lotto winning.......
William Riley
William Riley Jan 17, 2022 7:26PM ET
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please read "The Party of Civil Rights" By Kevin D. Williamson May 28, 2012
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William Riley Jan 17, 2022 7:14PM ET
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Republicans passed the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which gave blacks the right to buy and own property.10. Republicans passed the Civil Rights Act of 1871, to protect blacks from the Ku Klux Klan.11. Republicans passed the Civil Rights Act of 1875, which gave blacks the right to serve on a Jury.12. Republicans passed the Civil Rights Act of 1957.13. Republicans passed the Civil Rights Act of 1960.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jan 17, 2022 7:14PM ET
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yes, and all those Republicans would be horrified to see what their party has now turned into.......
William Riley
William Riley Jan 17, 2022 7:13PM ET
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. Republicans passed the 13 Amendment, which ended slavery.2. Republicans passed the 14th Amendment, which made black people citizens.3. Republicans passed the 15th Amendment, which gave black people the right to vote.
Chad RicherThanYou
Chad RicherThanYou Jan 17, 2022 6:55PM ET
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Abolish Capitalism
William Riley
William Riley Jan 17, 2022 6:40PM ET
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MLK was Republican
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William Riley Jan 17, 2022 6:40PM ET
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please read "The Party of Civil Rights" By Kevin D. Williamson 2012
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jan 17, 2022 6:40PM ET
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OK, and what would MLK think about this version of the republican party???
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Jan 17, 2022 6:40PM ET
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That is a lie. He supported neither party. Why is it that Republicans always try to defend themselves against racism? It probably has something to do with what they are doing today, not what they did in the past. Never heard of a Democrat feeling the need to say they are not racist...because they aren't doing racist ****
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Jan 17, 2022 6:07PM ET
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there was some voting fraud found in pennsylvania it was committed by 2 trump supporters. .. now there is evidence of an coordinated attempt by àt least 5 states using forged documents to change the Biden victory, and declared Trump the winner of the 2020 election. the Republican party has become the party of election fraud and is loyal only to Donald Trump and his attempt to destroy American Democracy and it's Constitution.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jan 17, 2022 6:07PM ET
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shhh, they don't want to know anything about frauds that helped their Mango Messiah, you should know that by now........
Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Jan 17, 2022 5:50PM ET
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Chris cummins.... the 2020 election was the most screwtinzed in modern American history.even the Republican partisan recounts in 3 states couldn't find anything that would have changed Biden's victory. in Arizona they found even more votes for Biden. judges appointed by Trump found no evidence of voting fraud that would have changed the Biden victory. these new laws are about Trump and the Republican party grabbing absolute power over our political system.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jan 17, 2022 5:50PM ET
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dude, stop introducing facts and logic and common sense into this debate, you know they are not interested in any of that....
Co Gonz
Co Gonz Jan 17, 2022 5:50PM ET
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Tre Hsi these aren’t facts, DNI radcliffe stated overwhelming international, mob and non citizen voting for Biden— that’s the biggest fact that should change your thought process
chacha cha
chacha cha Jan 17, 2022 5:25PM ET
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every legal citizen of United States of America can vote if you can't prove that you are then your not voting !!!!
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jan 17, 2022 5:25PM ET
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very true, now prove to us where in the US there are systematic cases that this didn't happen in the 2020 election?  or in 2016 election for that matter...........you do recalled your President Orange insisted this happened in 2016, so surely in his 4 year of presidency he launched investigations to catch these frauds, didn't he???
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Jan 17, 2022 4:45PM ET
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All kids in the US of A have a right to a free education!!! So no one should complain about it. At least not the rich white people whose kids get an education worth twice as much as an inner city kid. But, they all get free education!!! Voting is the same thing. We all have the right but it is not equal. Some of us in the inner city have to stand in lines 10 times as long (isn't that odd?). Some of us on Indian reservation cannot get ID's because our red state doesn't recognize our address as legal since it is on a reservation. Only those privileged few who get everything handed to them seem to think it is all fair. Must be nice being privileged and not even being smart enough to see it.
pcg upstate
pcg upstate Jan 17, 2022 4:45PM ET
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So, you're black and native american? Or just one of those privileged white folk that's so guilt ridden that you are living in a fantasy world and have to lecture others about what to do, right?
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Jan 17, 2022 4:45PM ET
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pcg upstate  The truth is the truth. Not sure why you cannot see it.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Jan 17, 2022 4:45PM ET
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pcg upstate  so when black americans started complain about civil right you are supporting them?  or do you have some other excuses not to listen?
 
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