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Washington, D.C. — In response to the announcement that incoming Majority Senate Leader Chuck Schumer will designate the For the People Act, S.1., as the honorary first bill of the 117th Congress, matching HR.1. in the House, the League of Conservation Voters released the following statement from Judiciary Program Director Ben Driscoll:
“We are thrilled to see the incoming Senate leadership name the For the People Act S.1., solidifying democracy reform as a top priority in the 117th Congress alongside the House. Following the violent insurrection of the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and the 2020 election and its aftermath, the need to protect the right to vote and ensure elected officials are held accountable to the people has never been more important. LCV applauds Leader Schumer, Senator Merkley and Senator Klobuchar for their leadership on this critical issue.
“It’s clear that a healthy democracy and a healthy environment are inextricably linked, and the communities frequently targeted by voter suppression — people of color, young people, those who have a disability, and indigenous people — face the burden of environmental harms that threaten our air, water, and climate. This legislation will bring about the critical protections we need to restore our democracy, fix our broken campaign finance system, and enact sweeping ethics reforms in order to address the needs of the American people, not special interests, including meaningful action on climate change.”