In a statement Friday, the White House stated that the Biden administration — through Vice President Kamala Harris — would use its power to “expand” voting “rights” and claimed that Republicans were attacking the rights of “people of color” with their election-integrity proposals, according to a report in The Washington Times.
According to the Times report, Harris is going to use her “power of office to help expand voting rights” and stop the Republican-led effort to ensure less room for fraud.
“Plain and simple, these voter suppression laws are meant to attack Americans’ constitutional rights — especially people of color — and that is absolutely unacceptable to the president,” the White House said according to the Times.
The administration went on to say that President Joe Biden “ran to restore the soul of America” which includes addressing “racial justice.”
The statement went on to point out that Biden has tapped Ms. Harris “to take charge of a new, intensified campaign on this [voting rights] issue, signifying its vital importance to this administration.”
“Her strategy is to use the bully pulpit to build additional public support on top of the bipartisan majorities that already back our voting rights agenda,” the White House said. “She’s using the power of the White House to convene key stakeholders, and will be hosting several next week. And she’ll continue to fight for our key bills.”
In an effort to pursue her new assignment Harris invited Texas Democratic legislators to the White House, seeming to reward the Lone Star Democrats after they blocked a Republican election integrity proposal by walked out of the capitol while they were in session.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was somewhat less impressed and tweeted that it’s “Very sad and concerning that the @VP will meet with Democrats who want to kill election integrity in Texas, but she won’t come visit the Texas border where we have a serious crisis that she’s responsible for.”
Very sad and concerning that the @VP will meet with Democrats who want to kill election integrity in Texas, but she won’t come visit the Texas border where we have a serious crisis that she’s responsible for. #bordercrisis #Texas https://t.co/sAIe9Jowu4
— Attorney General Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) June 10, 2021