February 6, 2023

James E. Clyburn is the Majority Whip and the third-ranking Democrat in america Home of Representatives. He joined Julie Mason, host of Julie Mason Mornings on SiriusXM’s non-partisan POTUS Politics (Ch. 124), as a part of SiriusXM’s celebration of Black Historical past Month. Stream the complete episode on the SXM App now for a restricted time.

The influential chief weighed in on the timetable for getting voting rights laws handed and up to date dialogue of the Electoral Depend Act, saying, “The electoral depend, in and of itself, is proscribed to presidential elections, however the electoral depend could be expanded and ought to be expanded to depend all votes, regardless of what the workplace may be. And so, if you’ve obtained states which have used the Supreme Court docket resolution Holder v. Shelby County, that call is getting used to place forth laws that will nullify votes. And so, what we try to do with the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act, is to get past, or to get to the purpose, of addressing the problem of pre-clearance. So, the electoral account, or apply to all elections, not simply presidential elections. So, I’d hope that that’s the window.”

Mason requested Majority Whip Lewis if the thought is so as to add on to the Electoral Depend Act, different measures maybe contained within the Freedom to Vote John R. Lewis Act, to which he answered, “Sure. That’s precisely what I’m saying.”

Within the wake of Justice Stephen Breyer stepping down, President Biden has vowed to appoint the primary Black lady to serve on the Supreme Court docket. Majority Whip Clyburn has been a frontrunner within the course of and an advocate for US District Decide J. Michelle Childs, who was nominated by President Biden final month to the highly effective D.C. Circuit Court docket of Appeals.

Whereas her affirmation continues to be awaiting, she is already among the many record of SCOTUS candidates. Clyburn instructed Mason that Childs has cross-party attraction, including that “each the United State Senators from her house state are Republicans and each of them would vote for her.”

This week, the Democratic caucus was stunned to be taught of Sen. Ben Ray Luján’s stroke analysis. The 49-year-old New Mexico Democrat is anticipated to make a full restoration, but it surely’s unclear when he’ll come again to the evenly-divided Senate.

As to what it means for the speedy agenda, Majority Whip Clyburn instructed Mason, “It makes it tougher to get something achieved.”

Clyburn began out Black Historical past Month by talking at Gonzaga Excessive College. His message is one among respect for everybody’s historical past, however noting to have respect for somebody, it’s essential to know their historical past. He illustrated his level by saying, “Traditionally Thomas Edison was an impressive inventor, perhaps the best this nation has ever produced, however his gentle bulb that all of us give him credit score for, was not perfected till he obtained the filament that had been invented by a Black man, the son of former slaves. It was not till Lewis Latimer’s filament was put into Thomas Edison’s gentle bulb that it labored, and such is the case at this time. There’s a lot that many white folks have to supply and simply as a lot that many Black folks have to supply, and it’s not till we get to the purpose of understanding that and giving credence to that, that the world will enhance.”

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