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Jen Psaki on For the People Act: 'I’m not gonna accept that it died'

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On The Mehdi Hasan Show Sunday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki addressed the assertion that the For the People Act is done for. Senate Republicans used the filibuster to prevent debate on the voting rights bill last month.

“The For the People Act, which you’ve twice tonight said he (Biden) wants to get passed into law,” Hasan said, “died in the Senate last month because of the filibuster.” “I’m not gonna accept that it died. We’re still fighting for it,” Psaki replied. “The vice president’s gonna help lead this effort, and the president’s gonna be engaged in this effort, and we’re gonna continue to do hard things from the White House.”

This continued push to pass the For the People Act comes as Republican state legislatures across the country are fighting to pass more restrictive voting laws. Hundreds of these laws have been introduced, with dozens already having been passed.

“I know it’s hard. It’s not an easy path, but we do hard things,” Psaki said. “He is going to keep talking about this as president, keep elevating it, but he’s also gonna empower the American people because he believes in the American people and in our democracy, and what we can do to fight against these laws.”