WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate Rules Committee will head to Georgia next month to hold their first field hearing in 20 years. The hearing will focus on “recently enacted legislation to restrict voting in the state and the need for basic federal standards to protect the freedom to vote,” according to a statement from the Senate Rules Committee Chair Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). The hearing is one of many expected after Klobuchar announced that the committee would continue to investigate voter suppression and fight for federal legislation to protect voting rights while the Senate continues to work on passing the For the People Act.
In a recent speech, Klobuchar explained the committee’s duty to continue to push to protect voting rights. “We are going to Georgia, and holding a field hearing there, so we can hear first hand from people in the state on what is happening and why we must carry out the constitutional duty in [the Senate] to act.”