"We do not know when we will have this opportunity again," Harris announced in Atlanta on Tuesday, in comments provoking Democratic Party senators to promote voting and elections bills. Democrats will first need to change Senate filibuster rules to pass elections reform legislation by a simple majority, though they lack the votes to do so.
"Today, the battle is in the hands of the leaders of the American people, in particular, that the American people sent to the United States Senate," she announced. "The American people have waited long enough. The Senate must act."
Amid increased pressure, Senate Democrats set a deadline of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, or January 17, to pass a voting rights bill.
Though with Harris and President Joe Biden facing low embarrassing approval numbers and as Democrats in Congress face challenging prospects in elections later this year, the White House's room for action has slimmed.
"The Constitution of the United States gives the Congress the power to pass legislation, and nowhere, nowhere does the Constitution give a minority the right to unilaterally block legislation," the vice president continued.
Harris referenced her presidential campaign stump speech in the comments, telling the Atlanta crowd, "Years from now, our children and our grandchildren, they will ask us about this moment. They will look back on this time, and they will ask us not about how we felt. They will ask us what we do."
The Vice President has announced before that the nation will lose "role model" status around the world by failing to promote Democrats' voting bills, though on Tuesday compared the prospect to failing to counter discriminatory voting practices, including literacy tests, outlawed decades ago.
Drawing a throughline from Martin Luther King Jr.'s campaign to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to Democrats' efforts today, Harris announced the public risked falling complacent to state-ruled voting laws, measures she stated would stop students from easily voting, from assisting disabled voters cast ballots by mail, or passing out water or food to people standing in long voting lines.