Obama calls for ending Senate filibuster to expand voting rights

Channel: Washington Post
Published: 07/30/2020

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At the funeral for former Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on July 30, former president Barack Obama called for eliminating the Senate filibuster if needed to expand voting rights. Read more: https://wapo.st/3ggYcyx. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube: https://wapo.st/2QOdcqK Follow us: Twitter: h



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You want to honor john, let's honor him by revitalizing the law that he was willing to die for and by the way naming it. The john lewis voting rights act. That is a fine tribute, but john wouldn't want us to stop there just trying to get back to where we already were. Once we pass the john lewis voting rights act, we should keep marching to make it even better by making sure every american is auto ...
atically registered to vote, including former inmates. Who'Ve earned their second chance by adding polling places and expanding early voting and making election day a national holiday. So if you are somebody who's working in a factory or you're, a single mom who's got to go to her job and doesn't get time off. [ applause ]: you can still cast your ballot by guaranteeing that every american citizen has equal representation in our government, including the american citizens who live in washington, d. c and in puerto rico. They'Re americans, by ending some of the partisan gerrymandering, so that all voters have the power to choose their politicians, not the other way around. And if all this takes eliminating the filibuster another jim crow relic. In order to secure the god-given rights of every american, then that's what we should do.



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