For Immediate Release:
Democracy Initiative Applauds Swift House Passage of Crucial Reform Bill;
Senate Must Ensure It Doesn't Fall Victim to the Filibuster
This statement is from Jennifer Lamson, Interim Executive Director of the Democracy Initiative:
We applaud House for moving swiftly and passing the For the People Act (HR 1)—a transformative and crucial step toward realizing the promise of American democracy. All eyes now turn to the Senate. It is critical that Senators move with urgency to prioritize passage of this vital legislation. It is unacceptable to allow backroom maneuvers like the filibuster to stand in the way.
For the collective 45 million members of the Democracy Initiative’s partner organizations, HR 1 is not just about democracy as an end in itself; it is a necessary step to achieving racial, social and economic justice and building a better world for us all. The reforms in HR 1 will help pave the way for meaningful progress on racial justice, protecting the climate, workers rights, immigration, healthcare, and more.
The 2020 election and the January 6 insurrection shined a spotlight on critical vulnerabilities in our democracy and how they are rooted in racism and white supremacy. Since then, 43 states have proposed more than 250 bills to restrict or limit voting access, intentionally aiming to drown out the voices of voters, particularly Black and brown voters.
We have a long road ahead of us to change our politics and fulfill the promise of our country’s ideals. This was a good day—progress made possible by tireless activists and grassroots leaders across the country. The reforms in HR 1 will help dismantle the racist and systemic barriers intentionally built to exclude Black and brown voices by bringing together the most effective reforms enacted in states to create national standards that protect our freedom to vote and limit the power of special interests and wealthy donors.
The Democracy Initiative is a coalition of 75 organizations with a collective 45 million members fighting for workers, civil rights, social justice and the environment and united in their commitment to realizing the promise of American democracy where all people have an equal seat at the governance table.