March comes as Democrats push to change Senate filibuster rules to introduce new laws covering elections in response to moves by GOP-led states
He also said he would like to see the rules change in the Senate to allow Democrats to legislate with a simple majority instead of the 60-vote limit.
“Activists across the country are calling for action on the right to vote, and we are being heard,” said Martin Luther King III, president of the Drum Major Institute, a nonprofit founded by Dr. King. “Now the Senate must act on its sacred duty, protect my father’s legacy, and pass these bills.”
To mark the actual date of birth of Dr. King, a mobilization led by the King family will begin in Arizona this Saturday. The King family along with other civil rights leaders and voting-rights advocates plan to lead a march across the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge in Washington on Monday.
The Democratic-led House on Thursday passed a new election bill to send to the Senate. That vote, which is expected in the coming days, will be subject to the 60-vote limit required to remove a filibuster.
Democrats have proposed eliminating or exempting the requirement for voting-rights bills. The party needs 50 senators to agree to change the filibuster rules that would allow Vice President Kamala Harris to cast a tie-breaking vote. Two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kirsten Cinema of Arizona, have opposed making exceptions to the filibuster rules for voting rights.
President Biden on Tuesday called for new federal standards to be passed, even if it meant making changes to the filibuster. He argued that new election laws are needed because recent Republican-backed state measures threaten access to elections, especially for non-voters.
Republicans said the voting-rights package amounted to federal redundancy, and Democrats were mishandling laws passed by GOP-led states in the wake of the 2020 election. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell called Mr Biden’s remarks divisive.
“This whole demonstration is the best possible argument for preserving Senate rules that spur deliberation, force bipartisan compromise and allow cooler heads to prevail,” McConnell told the Senate on Wednesday. Said referring to Mr Biden’s remarks in a speech.