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tv   U.S. Senate Sen. Schumer on Afghanistan Voting Rights  CSPAN  July 14, 2021 5:33am-5:44am EDT

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now, mr. president, in a democracy, no right is more sacred than the right
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giving partisan election bodies more control, even firing members of county election boards, this is what republican legislatures are doing. mr. schumer: not for fairness. not for bipartisanship.
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but to jaundiced elections, and if the consequences, americans of all parties feel that the elections are not fair, what is going to happen to this sacred and wonderful democracy? republicans are actively dismantling all the barriers that prevented donald trump from subverting our elections in 2020. imagine if they hadn't been in effect, imagine. all of these efforts have an orwellian logic. under the guise of, quote, election integrity, republican legislatures are sowing more doubt about our elections through phony audits and fact-free claims of voter fraud. they are lying. i just saw on tv this morning how the trump lawyers are being lambasted in court and even rudy giuliani has lost his license to practice because they lied about the election. that they perpetrated the big lie in legal documents.
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the same thing is happening everywhere. what is happening to this republican party? what is happening when donald trump, the biggest liar we have ever had as president, sets the tone and they follow in those lies, repeat those lies, sometimes even embellish on those lies. what is happening to that party, the party of abraham lincoln? falsely claiming that the election was stolen, republican legislatures are making elections easier to overturn, even under the falsest and biggest of lies. and what happens here? our republican friends here in washington have chosen a path of supine compliance, refusing to stand up to the big lie, bowing down before it, bowing down before donald trump, the biggest liar that we have ever had as an american president, except when the capitol building is literally under siege. and by the way, just
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parenthetically, i commend to my colleagues and to all measures the -- americans "the new york times" did a video of the siege. they even had some -- they showed the siege, they showed the violence, and they had some republican congressmen saying it was like tourists. it was incredible. i recommend everyone should watch this. and i hope republican colleagues, just watch it. you were there. just watch it. i commend "the new york times." they did a great job on it. anyway, the effort to fight this wave of voter suppression and republican election rigging is strong and growing. i want to be very clear about that. in texas, where the republican governor has called a special session to reconsider one of the most restrictive voting laws in the nation, democrats are doing all they can to block the dangerous partisan bill. they are brave, they are bold, they are courageous, and history will show them on the side of
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right, and the republican governor, i saw him on tv this morning, on the side of deep, dark, ugly wrong. many of these lawmakers from texas have come to washington. i will be meeting with a group of them today. it's a flat-out strategy and to praise them for what they are doing. president biden will also address the issue of voting rights in a major national address in philadelphia, using the bully pulpit to draw the nation's attention and announce ways in which his administration can defend americans' fundamental rights. and next week, senator klobuchar, always on the ball on these issues, will lead the senate rules committee to the state of georgia, your state, mr. president, for their first field hearing in 20 years. it will be an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the consequences of the big lie and show the american people just how far republicans have gone in
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order to make it harder, harder for people to vote in the 2020 election. the bottom line is this -- democrats will not stop fighting to protect voting rights and defend our democracy. as i said, the vote in june was the opening gun, not the finish line. last month, all 50 democrats, all 50 senate democrats united for the first time this congress to move forward on a strong voting rights bill. shamefully, shamefully republicans refused to even allow debate on voting rights legislation. hiding behind some of the exact same states' rights arguments, very similar arguments that southern senators used in the 1960's to oppose the voting rights act. how do you feel about that, republicans and republican leadership? how do you feel about using the same arguments that were used by some of the arch segregationists to stop voting rights in the senate in the 1960's?
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last month, as i said, the vote represented the starting gun, not the finish line, in the fight to protecting voting rights. as majority leader, i reserve the right to bring back voting rights and democracy reform for another vote on the senate floor. now, on another issue. infrastructure. climate. over the past few weeks, we have seen an awful heat wave hit oregon and washington. those states in the beautiful northwest, always known for their cool summer breezes, had temperatures like 115 degrees. it was just astounding. not just a little temperature bump. dramatically unusual. temperatures in the pacific northwest climbed so high that power cables melted and roadways cracked in two. at the same time, in the american southwest, the lack of rainfall and depleted reservoirs have led to a historic lack of water. according to the national
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drought mitigation center, more than 77% of the great state of new mexico is in a state of severe drought. as climate change continues to worsen, extreme weather like this unfortunately is only becoming more common. putting our agriculture, our infrastructure, our economy, and our people's health at great risk. that's why i have made addressing the climate crisis in a bold way the primary focus of our upcoming debate on infrastructure. we're working with great urgency to make this happen. and we're going to do it in two ways. first, climate change has forced us to repair and rebuild our infrastructure in a way that takes into account our new reality. our infrastructure must become more resilient to extreme weather. in new york, i insisted that the hurricane sandy aid, which new york, new jersey, got $60 billion, focus on
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resiliency, and as we rebuilt from hurricane sandy using those federal dollars, we've done it in a way that makes flooding in downtown new york city and long island less likely. we've needed to repeat -- reneed to repeat that effort across the country to deal with heat waves, droughts, wildfires, more powerful hurricanes, and even more. but second, we must use infrastructure investment to combat climate change itself. not just make ourselves more resieveient. if it keeps getting worse, resiliency dollars up, global warming goes high, resiliency up. we need to have this to go down. it is so, so important. what are we doing? in president biden's proposal and in the proposal democrats are putting forward, we're investing in green infrastructure and clean and renewable power and electric vehicles and charging infrastructure and retrofitting our economy to reduce carbon
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emissions and slow climate change in both urban, suburban, and rural areas. investing in both llts, resiliency and green infrastructure, that will create thousands upon thousands of good-paying union american jobs in the process. so as discussions continue on both a bipartisan infrastructure bill and a budget resolution, senators of both parties must understand that the issues of climate change and infrastructure cannot, cannot be separated from oemarks, roughly ten minutes. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. cornyn: thank you. well, just when you think you have seen it all, mr. president, something new happens here in washington, d.c. all eyes are now on d.c.'s newest asylum seekers, the members of the texas house of representatives, the democratic representatives. but the only oppressive force that these men and women are facing is the expectation that they would actually do their jobs in the texas legislature, the job

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