LCV Responds to Senate Republicans Blocking Democracy Legislation

Contact: Emily Samsel, esamsel@lcv.org, 828-713-9647

Washington, D.C. — In response to Senate Republicans yet again blocking the For the People Act, as well as bills to reduce partisan gerrymandering and reform money in politics, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statement from Voting Rights Program Director Justin Kwasa:

“Protecting the freedom to vote, creating a fair redistricting process, and limiting polluter money in politics are critical policies directly addressed in the For The People Act. In front of the Senate was an overwhelmingly popular bill supported by 8 in 10 Americans across the political spectrum. It is unconscionable that Republican Senators, the same group that has blocked an investigation into the Capitol insurrection, have once again chosen to use Senate procedures, including the filibuster, to deny the will of the people on a bill with a clear path to being enacted.

“Our leaders must now take bold action to eliminate the archaic filibuster rule and end the shameful tradition of using it to marginalize the communities of color who have fought for fair representation since the founding of our country. With anti-democracy bills passing in state legislatures across the country, President Biden and Senate Democrats must follow the lead of House Democrats and remove all barriers to our freedom to vote and fair elections for all.”

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