On Monday, Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) had an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” During the interview, he said that he would continue to work until national voting rights legislation was passed. Warnock has been pushing for further reforms that would aid voting rights.
In the last Congress, Democrats did not manage to pass a weeping voting rights legislation that would battle many of the GOP states that have limited the available access to the ballot. Following the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act which passed in September 2021 from the House, the Senate has been unable to pass the bills through the upper chamber.
However, Warnock has said that federal voting rights legislation was a key issue that should remain a priority for the party.
Still, with the House of Representatives now having a GOP majority it is unlikely that any sort of voting reforms will pass through the House or the Senate. Republicans are also not focused on voting rights. Instead, their attention is predominantly placed on abortion access, investigations into the administration, and trying to repeal parts of already passed legislation from the past two years.
Warnock has maintained though that voting rights are not just like any other rights. Instead, they are the base of everything that they are fighting for. Warnock also mentioned the importance of voting rights after President Biden concluded his speech at Ebenezer Baptist Church following the 94th birthday of Martin Luther King.