While the White House may have some leverage on the legislative dynamics in the states of the union, under the leadership of Joe Biden, Democrat, it has reacted to Texas’s recent restrictive voting and abortion rights laws by saying that it is up to Congress to act, thereby leaving the problem to Congressional Democrats to handle. This article published by The Hill is written by Brett Samuels. Here is an excerpt:
After Texas passed a new elections bill to tighten its voting laws this past week and the Supreme Court allowed the state’s law restricting abortion access to go into effect, the response from the White House was largely the same in both cases: It’s up to Congress to act.
The White House has been steadfast on some of the most pressing issues for Democrats that its hands are largely tied. Biden administration officials argue they’ve done as much as they can to unilaterally protect voting rights and that Congress must now pass legislation bolstering protections.
Officials sounded a similar note last week on abortion, with President Biden vowing his administration would review potential remedies at the federal level. But he and others ultimately acknowledged Congress must codify access to an abortion for women to fully protect the precedent set by Roe v. Wade.
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