Biden to meet with Senate Democrats on voting rights Thursday

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U.S. President Joe Biden will attend a Senate Democratic meeting on Thursday to discuss the party’s intensified push to enact voting rights legislation and possible changes to Senate rules.

Biden on Tuesday made an impassioned appeal for federal voting rights legislation stalled in Congress, saying Democratic lawmakers should rewrite Senate “filibuster” rules to overcome Republican opposition.

In a speech also designed to convince skeptical Democrats of his commitment, Biden called many Republicans cowardly and threw his support behind changing the rules to pass the legislation.

Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will be working the phones over the next several days pushing senators on the issue, a White House official said.

On Thursday afternoon, Biden will meet with the Senate Democratic Caucus “to discuss the urgent need to pass legislation to protect the constitutional right to vote and the integrity of our elections against un-American attacks based on the Big Lie, and to again underline that doing so requires changing the rules of the Senate to make the institution work again,” the official said.

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