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tv   U.S. Senate Sen. Mc Connell on Voting Rights  CSPAN  July 14, 2021 8:18pm-8:33pm EDT

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join the ranks. especially now when our democracy is in peril in many ways. it is crucial we elevate someone like ms. perez to the bench. someone we can trust to equally apply the law. i was proud to recommend her to president biden and i look forward to formally introducing that to the committee today. when i met her as i did, she knocked my socks off with her brilliance, her persistence and her strong and wonderful personality. i yield the floor. >> also on the senate floor, mitch mcconnell talked about president biden's speech in philadelphia on voting rights. saying it was set in an alternate universe as well as the texas state democrat visit to capitol hill to lobby for federal voting rights legislation. senator mcconnell: with total
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certainty, washington democrats no one of two things to be true. either american democracy is so sacral side that nobody can possibly question or badmouth it. our democracy is in total crisis. hanging on by a thread. only a massive sweeping parts and overhaul by democrats can save it. it can be hard to guess which of those opposite stories democrats will be shouting on any given day. the narrative flip-flops are at a dizzying pace. secretary clinton and a whole cast of senior democrats called this illegitimate.
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russia had probably or definitely hacked into our voting systems and changed the tallies. a conspiracy theory, a big lie. four years later, they kept insisting that democracy was broken and democrats had to overhaul it. hr one was written and introduced on that pretense. as recently as last summer when the 2020 election was looking close, democrats and cable news spent multiple weeks in federal hysterics over what they said was a massive secret election conspiracy revolving around the postal service. another big lie. it was one frantic meltdown after another. constant silly claims that our democracy was dying.
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last november, their story turned on a dime. democrats got election result they liked a lot better. now suddenly our elections were no longer in crisis. american democracy was finally fine-tuned, legitimate and beyond reproach. for about 11 weeks when president biden's election through his inauguration, democrats and their media friend stopped being our democracy possible get doubters and became its number one fans. now, as democrats look ahead to the first midterm that is almost always challenging for the sitting president's party, the silly hysterics have been switched right back on. this spring, the state of georgia passed a mainstream election law that expanded early voting and made drop boxes
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permanent for the first time. the left responded with a total meltdown. regulations that left georgia with more flexible early voting and more flexible absentee voting then many in new york. they were insanely called jim crow two point now. what nonsense. -- jim crow 2.0, what nonsense. democrats are starting a moral panic that was complete and totally false. it was a shameless ever to manufacture an air of crisis that helped democrats ram their takeover goes through the congress. the senate rejected all of the bad ideas. the made up outrage had to be cranked up even higher. even higher.
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this week, state legislators from texas decided to grab some beer, hop on a private plane and flee the state in what they are pretending is some great moral crusade. in reality, they have just come to snap so please, bask in the limelight and tell senate democrats to take our elections. this outrage is completely phony. the texas legislature was going to consider bills that would expand the minimum hours of early voting. making them provide 12 hour days of early voting and making it even easier for voters to fix mistakes on mail-in ballots so their votes would actually count. these bills would apply motor -- voter id to mail-in ballots. a simple process that does not even require a driver's license number.
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they would clean up voter rolls to remove voters who died or moved away. this is not controversial stuff. it is common sense. more than 80% of texas -- texans support voter id. , kratz have pulled at the same chicken little playbook that failed in georgia. the same big lie. yesterday, the president of the united states delivered a speech that was set in alternate universe -- an alternate universe. he called these mainstream state laws, these must integrity measures that are widely popular with americans quote -- listen to this, the single most significant test of our democracy since the civil war. really? this is our new president who
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promised to lower the temperature, bring america back together and rebuild a civil society where we can dialogue as fellow citizens. that is the person who is now yelling that mainstream state laws are more dangerous than two world wars? somehow analogous to the civil war? that is with the president of the united states said yesterday? what utter nonsense. it would be left out loud funny if it was not so completely and totally your sponsor. here are the great sins of the texas proposals. here is what is apparently so outrageous. they want to wind down a few emergency covid voting
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procedures, including drive-thru voting and polling places that are open all night long. i am serious. that is what this is all about. they want to wind down 2 covid voting procedures. because the pandemic for the first time ever, some places in texas experimented with these brand-new unusual measures. now, winding them down is somehow an assault on democracy? really? if texas is not permanently -- president biden says they want to make it so hard and inconvenient they hope people don't vote at all simply because you can't vote all night? really?
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they are supposed to be sacred pillars of our system. voter id protections are supported by the majorities of white americans, black americans and hispanic americans. president biden calls this that way for center jim crow assault. one big lie after another. these people think if they keep repeating the same melodramatic cliches, they will finally get to pull off the power grab. these false comparisons are an insult to the actual hurdles americans have overcome over the
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years together. we won two world wars, face down the soviets and defeated actual jim crow laws and endured the 9/11 attacks. now, the sky is falling. did they know that nobody outside of liberal twitter and cable television is buying an ounce of what they're selling to mark the big outrage failed in georgia. big lies and fake outrage failed
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here in the senate. they will fail in texas. americans want to make it easy to vote but hard to achieve. -- cheat. this is not an attack on democracy, it is the definition of democracy. i understand the democrats may be nervous about the 2022 elections. i can see why. the role policies are overspending, over borrowing and hurting our economy. they are disabling the middle east, weakening our southern border and increasing violence crimes across the country.
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mr. president, the solution is not to keep lying to the american people about the health of our democracy. the answer is not this desperate craving for an unprecedented parts and take over so washington democrats can appoint themselves the board of elections for every county and state. the longer these fake hysterics keep up, the more americans will keep wondering just why democrats are this desperate to seize control over election laws. and why democrats are this panicked about the prospect of voter integrity measures that are fair and popular with the american people. >> c-spanshop.org is c-span's online store.
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ransomware attack's and other cyber threats, saturday on the communicators at 6:30 p.m. eastern on c-span. >> democratic u.s. senators talked with voters about voting rights. several texas lawmakers are in washington dc after leaving their state to protest greg abbott's special pledge light of session to approve several republican voting bills. >> i am here with these people of >> i am here with these people of courage, these feed him -- these freedom fighters who came

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