Vice President Kamala Harris has claimed that she has conferred with Republican lawmakers about the Biden administration's sweeping For the People Act, but in fact, during a phone call with CBS, Harris admitted that she has only spoken to one GOP senator, and it wasn't even about the bill.
"I've talked with [Senator Lisa] Murkowski about this issue," Harris told CBS. Later it turned out that Harris and Murkowski had spoken about infrastructure, confirmed a spokesperson for the Alaska senator said.
That brings the total number of GOP lawmakers that Harris has spoken to about the far-reaching For the People Act, which aims to remake voting legislation across the country, to a total of zero. Republicans roundly do not back the 817 page bill.
Murkowski isn't a fan of the For the People Act, and has called it "partisan, federal takeover of the election system." She does, however, back the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, and is a co-sponsor of that legislation.
The "For the People Act," which has been hailed as an antidote to election integrity laws in many states, hailed by the Biden administration as "Jim Crow 2.0.," is full of sweeping plans such as the removal of proofs from mail-in ballots, such as social security numbers or portions thereof, and advocates for DC statehood.
The Biden administration tasked Harris with handling voting rights legislation, but The New York Times has posited that the job may be too tough for her. Ezra Klein, writing for the Times, wrote that Harris shouldn't have to deal with "the administration's voting-rights efforts, which are in filibuster limbo."
The White House has fully backed the For the People Act, and Press Secretary Jen Psaki made it clear that the administration believes that "a federal approach" is needed.
Psaki stated that President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will engage with voting rights groups and state lawmakers "who are supportive of expanding access to voting in the country."
She vowed that the Biden administration will continue "to fight to get legislation across the finish line on the federal level." Psaki declared that "the fight is not over" and that "no matter the outcome today, [the fight] is going to continue."
Harris has been tasked by the administration to lead that fight. She met with Texas lawmakers last week, who fled the state rather than deal with election integrity laws in their home state.
At that meeting, she said "I know what you have done comes with great sacrifice, both personal and political," Harris told them. "You are fighters."
"Defending the right to vote is as American as apple pie," Harris told the Texas Democrats.
Biden spoke at length last Tuesday about voting rights, alleging that states that have passed or are considering election integrity laws are doing so because they are implementing racism and discrimination. He told the American public that Republicans who are backing these laws don't want them to vote. But Harris hasn't talked to any of them, apparently, to find out.