Kamala Harris warns US democracy is ‘extremely fragile’, urges voters to expand Democrats’ Senate majority
Vice President Kamala Harris warned in a new interview that American democracy is “extremely fragile” and asked Democrats to expand its majority in the Senate, revealing several pieces of legislation the Biden administration plans to pass.
During an appearance Thursday on the “Fast Politics” podcast with far-left pundit Molly Jong-Fast, Harris discussed her thoughts on abortion rights, the state of American democracy and plans to pass federal abortion and election reform legislation.
Harris described democracy as both “very strong” and “extremely fragile,” characterizing it as a function of people’s willingness to fight for it. She expressed hope that Americans will vote against “choice deniers” and former President Trump.
“People have power and I believe that in our heart as a nation, in the heart of the people, there is love for our country, and therefore love for the principles on which our country was founded – which includes the principles of freedom, liberty, equality and justice,” she said. she.
Harris also implored Americans to get out and vote and urged people not to be complacent in their belief that their votes don’t matter. She also said Americans must help Democrats expand their Senate majority and vote for candidates, especially for secretary of state, who support “truth,” law and freedom.
“Look—if we get … hold the numbers and get two more seats in the United States Senate, our President Joe Biden has said he’s not going to let a filibuster get in the way of signing the Women’s Health Care Act,” she said.
She also said Biden intends to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Improvement Act if Democrats have the numbers in Congress.
Harris herself presided over the vote on the Women’s Health Care Act. 60 votes were needed to advance, but died in a ratio of 51 to 49 with West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin joining all 50 Republicans who voted against it back in May.
The bill would repeal a wide range of abortion restrictions regularly used by red states. These include waiting periods; prohibitions based on whether the child could live outside the womb; bans based on the reason a woman has an abortion and requiring abortion clinics to have certain resources or facilities that are not comparable to what similar facilities must have.
In September, Harris said she “can’t wait” to cast her vote end the “archaic” Senate filibuster to advance measures protecting abortion at the federal level and to implement ballot audits.
Meanwhile, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act would restore the mandate first implemented under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The measure directs the Justice Department to review election law changes in states found to have a history of voter discrimination as part of a process known as “purification.”
Fox News’ Tyler Olson and Kyle Morris contributed to this report.
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