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Biden: It's 'reassuring' to see companies speaking up about restrictive voting laws

April 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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President Joe Biden said Tuesday that it is "reassuring" to see businesses "speaking up" about restrictive voting laws, but added that he respects whatever judgment a corporation may make as part of its response.

(CNN)President Joe Biden said Tuesday that it is "reassuring" to see businesses "speaking up" about restrictive voting laws, but added that he respects whatever judgment a corporation may make as part of its response.

When asked on Tuesday whether he thinks the upcoming Masters Tournament should be moved out of Augusta, Georgia, in response to the recent signing of the state election law that the administration has criticized, Biden said, "I think that's up to the Masters. "

The comments come a week after the President indicated during an interview with ESPN that he would support Major League Baseball's decision to take action in response to Georgia's new voting law.

"It is reassuring to see that for-profit operations and businesses are speaking up about how these new Jim Crow laws are just antithetical to who we are.

The other side to it, too, is when they in fact move out of Georgia, the people who need the help the most, the people who are making hourly wages, sometimes get hurt the most," Biden said following a speech on Covid at the White House.

The Biden administration has heavily criticized the Georgia legislation, which was signed into law by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp last month.

It imposes new voter identification requirements for absentee ballots, limits the use of ballot drop boxes, makes it a crime to approach voters in line to give them food and water and gives state officials more power over local elections.

Since Biden's previous comments about the All-Star Game and MLB's subsequent decision to move its game out of Georgia, the White House has been pressed on whether the President or the administration will encourage others to take their business out of the state.

On Tuesday, Biden told reporters that "the best way to deal with this is for Georgia and other states to smarten up.

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