Joe Biden is inching toward a complete overhaul of the way we vote in America. On Sunday, the 46th President signed an Executive Order making it easier for those in federal prison and on probation to register to vote.
Biden’s order modernizes and expands the scope of Vote.gov, giving new pathways to those historically not eligible to vote. The order directs Cabinet officials to expand voter education for felons, as well as directs heads of federal agencies to allow government employees days off to vote.
Joe Biden took advantage of the historical significance of the day – signing the Order on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday – a major event in the civil rights movement.
Biden also pushed senators to pass H.R. 1.
The legacy of Selma is that while nothing can stop free people from exercising their most sacred power as citizens, there are those who will do anything they can to take that power away. As we reflect on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, we must stay focused on the work ahead. pic.twitter.com/DDn1LFfqmi
— President Biden (@POTUS) March 7, 2021
On Thursday, Biden celebrated the House passing of H.R. 1 noting he would sign the bill immediately if Senate passed it.
Biden called the legislation “urgently needed” and “paramount for our democracy”.
H.R.1, known as the For The People Act of 2021 passed on Wednesday. No Republicans joined the Democrats in the passing o the bill.
Republicans fiercely oppose the legislation — this time around, and during the last Congress when House Democrats first introduced the legislation.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., last week slammed the legislation as “exactly the wrong response” to what he called the “distressing lack of faith in our elections,” saying Democrats want to use their “temporary power” to “try to ensure they’ll never have to relinquish it.”