The specter of race and racism made a few appearances in President Joe Biden’s speech to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, particularly when it came to legislation he wants the Senate to pass.
Take the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, a police reform bill the Democrats passed in the House but that’s stalled in the Senate after the left side of the aisle refused to hear Republican alternatives.
“My fellow Americans, we have to come together,” Biden said, according to a transcript of his speech from USA Today. “To rebuild trust between law enforcement and the people they serve. To root out systemic racism in our criminal justice system. And to enact police reform in George Floyd’s name that passed the House already.”
Then there was House Resolution 1, the elections bill that federalizes the voting process and, among other things, forbids states from enacting voter ID provisions