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Susan Collins Mocked For Crying Foul After Jon Ossoff Calls Out Her Hypocrisy On Voting Rights Bill



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Republican Sen. Susan Collins, of Maine, is not happy about remarks made by Democratic Sen. Jon Ossoff about her opposition to the Voting Rights Act as he called for “access to the ballot for every single American voter.”

Speaking from the Senate floor on Wednesday, Ossoff challenged Collins over what he characterized as her evolving position on voting rights legislation, pointing out that she has flip-flopped on her support for the Voting Rights legislation.

Ossoff noted that Collins and other senior Republicans voted for a 2006 reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act but opposed a motion to proceed to the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act last year.

Collins made it clear she didn’t appreciate Ossoff’s arguments and warned he was at risk of violating the Senate’s Rule XIX, which bars any senator from imputing “any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a senator.”

But Ossoff didn’t back down, challenging Collins’s claim that the Voting Rights Act remains substantially intact because the Department of Justice can still challenge new voting laws on the basis that they improperly restrict civil rights.

He argued that a landmark Supreme Court case hollowed out the 1965 act by limiting the Justice Department’s ability to block new voting restrictions before they go into effect.

“Abraham Lincoln must be turning in his grave to hear the senators from the Grand Old Party,” Ossoff said in a provocative opening to his floor speech earlier in the evening, arguing that Senate Republicans today are “echoing” states’ rights arguments “to oppose the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act.”

He pointed out that Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) was the only Republican to vote in November to proceed to the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which is intended to reauthorize the 1965 Voting Rights Act and reinstate parts of that law that were thrown out by the Supreme Court in its 2013 decision Shelby County v. Holder.

Ossoff called out four Republican colleagues by name — something that senators usually avoid for fear of ruffling feathers — including Collins, for backing the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act in the past but voting against proceeding to the Democrats’ update to that bill.

Collins responded by issuing a mocking comment about Ossoff for being the youngest U.S. senator.

“I’m not sure the senator from Georgia was even born in 1965,” she said. “Surely he is not confusing the current bill with the reauthorization,” she added before suggesting Ossoff was comparing apples to oranges.

“This is entirely different from a debate on a 735-page bill,” she said.

Naturally, Twitter users had to respond.

Watch Jo Ossoff’s full speech and some of the reactions below:


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