President Joe Biden said Tuesday that Vice President Kamala Harris will lead the administration’s push to protect voting rights as federal election reform legislation faces steep hurdles in the closely divided Senate.
In remarks commemorating the 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma, Race Massacre, Biden said that with Harris in charge, voting reforms would “address what remains on the stained soul of America.”
“With her leadership and your support, we’re going to overcome again,” he said, speaking to community leaders and survivors on the 100th anniversary of the bloody attack on Tulsa’s Black residents.
Harris said in a statement that she will work with organizations and lawmakers alike.
“In the days and weeks ahead, I will engage the American people, and I will work with voting rights organizations, community organizations, and the private sector to help strengthen and uplift efforts on voting rights nationwide. And we will also work with members of Congress to help advance these bills,” she said. “Our Administration will not stand by when confronted with any effort that keeps Americans from voting.”