President Biden and Vice President Harris are in Georgia today pressing lawmakers to pass major voting rights legislation. Biden and Harris are touring Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and are paying respects at the crypts of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta. Ahead of the visit, the White House signaled Biden is supporting a special “carve-out” of the Senate filibuster that would allow a simple majority of senators to pass two major voting rights bills that have stalled amid unanimous Republican opposition.
A number of voting rights organizations in Georgia will not be attending today’s events with Biden and Harris. Cliff Albright, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, told reporters, “We don’t need even more photo ops. We need action, and that action is in the form of the John Lewis Voting Rights (Advancement) Act as well as the Freedom to Vote Act, and we need that immediately.” Another person who will be absent is the gubernatorial hopeful Stacey Abrams, the most famous of the voting rights activists in Georgia.