Self-Proclaimed “Devout Catholic” Nancy Pelosi Calls House Passage of Voting Bill “Almost a Religious Experience”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called the passage of a dangerous “voting rights” bill “almost a religious experience because of the sanctity of the vote.”
Pelosi, who has previously referred to herself as a “devout Catholic,” oversaw the passage of the so-called John Lewis Voting Rights Act on Tuesday. The bill passed in a strict party line vote, with 219 Democrats voting yes and 212 Republicans voting no.
The only measure saving the bill from potentially becoming law is the Senate filibuster. Given that the only Senate Republican who supports the bill is Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, it will almost certainly fail to reach the desk of President Joe Biden.
House Republicans slammed the John Lewis Voting Rights Act as a federalization of election procedures that ought to be left at the state and local levels. CNN says that “the bill would restore an aspect of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that allowed the Justice Department to block certain jurisdictions with a history of voter discrimination from changing their voting rules, after conservative justices on the Supreme Court ruled in 2013’s Shelby County v. Holder that the formula was outdated.”
Democrats passed the bill in response to Republican efforts in certain states to limit the scope of mail-in voting and alter the rules on absentee and early voting. Democratic lawmakers and talking heads have frequently lashed out at these changes, referring to them as “racist” and “Jim Crow 2.0.”
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