The Democratic Executive leadership under Joe Biden has set out several ambitious plans. While it has largely delivered on COVID-19 management, Biden’s administration has laid out among other things an extensive plan to improve America’s infrastructure. On The Hill, i.e., in Congress, the Democrats are fighting hard to to pass a sweeping voting rights bill in the Senate, the H.R.1, that aims to stem attempts to undermine the right to vote. The Senate filibuster rule has largely prevented the bill from being passed. While this filibuster rule is under reconsideration, with the possibility of it being carved out, different sectors are showing justified impatience, calling on Congress to pass this bill, also known as For the People Act. Among the actors calling for the measure to be passed are corporate giants. This article written by Karl Evers-Hillstrom is published by The Hill. Here is an excerpt:
More than 150 corporate giants, including Target, PepsiCo and Google, urged Congress to strengthen voting rights for minority voters in a letter released Wednesday.
The companies, which collectively employ 4 million U.S. workers, urged Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The bill is named after civil rights leader and former Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), who died last year.
The legislation would require parts of the U.S. with a history of discrimination to get federal approval to change voting laws, similar to a provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down in 2013.
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