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Biden, Harris head to Georgia next week

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris visiting Georgia in 2020. They will be back in the state to push for federal voting rights legislation on Jan. 11.
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As Congressional Democrats vow to forge ahead on federal voting rights legislation, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will head to Georgia next Tuesday to stump for greater protections for voters.

Georgia has been at the forefront of the voting rights discussion since the 2020 election cycle. Biden narrowly won the state, the first time a Democrat has won Georgia since the 1990s. Last year, the Republican-dominated General Assembly passed a controversial voting rights law, which drew the ire of many civil rights activists. Georgia is also one of a number of states facing legal challenges to its newly-drawn US House, state house, and state senate districts.

Democratic attempts to pass some sort of voting rights package have stalled in the Senate, where the proposal needs at least 10 Republican votes to forestall a filibuster of the bill. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has said that he will seek to change the filibuster rules in order to pass the proposal. But, the outcome of that strategy is also in doubt, as two Democratic Senators have signalled an unwillingness to change the rules of the chamber.

The White House will release further details of Biden and Harris's visit to Atlanta in the coming days.

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