Tasked with advocating for the White House’s agenda on voting rights, Vice President Kamala Harris is under pressure to advance legislative filibuster reform after Democrats’ voting rights legislation collapsed in the Senate.
Activists have urged the White House to prioritize the issue, charging that the 60-vote threshold required to pass most legislation in the Senate has hamstrung President Joe Biden and the Democrats’ agenda.
Harris has said her focus is on coalition building and turnout, irking Democrats who say a carve-out for legislation that applies to the Constitution is needed. Doing so would allow Democratic lawmakers to pass a sweeping election reform bill without Republican support.
It’s a proposal backed by South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, a Democrat, who last week told Politico that he had raised the issue with Harris directly.
In an interview with NPR, Harris was asked whether