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Senate to vote soon on For the People Act

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is planning to bring the For the People Act (S. 1) to the floor later this month despite recent developments that make the already steep path to passage even steeper. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), the only Democrat who is not a cosponsor of S. 1, says he will vote against the bill because it does not have bipartisan support. Manchin supports the narrower John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA), which is not expected to be introduced until this fall. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) supported the VRAA last Congress but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) opposes it.

In any case, the VRAA would not prevent the nearly 400 voter suppression bills that have been introduced in state legislatures from drastically changing the voting landscape across America.

The For the People Act rests on three pillars: reaffirming and expanding voting rights, strengthening oversight to end big money in politics, and ensuring an ethical government. It would, among other things, institute automatic voter registration, place new limits on partisan practices like gerrymandering, and require candidates for president and vice president to release their tax returns for the previous 10 years. The need for action is clear: More than 360 bills introduced in 47 state legislatures include provisions to make voting more difficult—for example, by shortening the time for absentee and early voting, requiring voters show an ID at the polls, purging voter rolls, and seizing control of local election boards.


Email your senators and tell them to support the For the People Act.

49 responses to “Senate to vote soon on For the People Act

  1. The right to an unobstructed voting process is fundamental. All attempts to block it in the name of more efficient elections are dishonest and damaging to the future of this country

  2. President Biden is right. This is a fight for the ‘soul of this country.’ Government by fair representation is directly under attack by a party with no scruples, no conscience, no decency and no heart. They are a mega money machine whose sole purpose is to support corporations at the expense of the health and well being of the people. What they are doing is immoral. We stand strong against assaults on our democracy and will do everything in our power to fight it. Join any grassroots movement fighting voter suppression e.g. swingleft.org, sisterdistrict.com, fairfight.com. Donate to ACLU, Public Citizen (citizen.org), SouthernPovertyLaw. There are many more.

  3. The For the People Act doesn’t have enough Dem Senate votes to pass it. Republicrat Manchin of W. Virginia wrote an op-ed that he opposes it. Another so-called Senate Democrat, Sinema of AZ, opposes it, but she hasn’t come out against it, as has Manchin. So it’s business as usual, with McConnell and the GOP shooting down progressive bills, aided and abetted by Democratic traitors.

  4. Clearly, this is just blatant voter suppression. Plain and simple. Our Nation is better than this!!!

    Respectfully submitted,

    William Bircher
    Veteran Arizona PUBLIC SCHOOL Educator

  5. We must insure that all citizens have the right to vote and the ability to exercise that right without any voter suppression schemes interfering with that ability. We must pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the For The People Act to insure we have a functioning democracy. Right now our democracy is not fully functioning. It is a prisoner on one party blocking the right to vote for millions of eligible citizens via such schemes drawing unfair gerrymandered districts and a slew of federally illegal suppression acts that are worse than the Jim Crows laws of the past. All of them restrict voting or make it impossible for eligible citizens to vote. The Republican party is guilty of creating these schemes at the level of the states and has placed the interests of the party way above the interests of the country. This must stop or we will lose our democracy completely. Corporate fascism will take over as Republicans pass laws that favor rich individuals and large corporations. They will institute a plutocracy as they will be responsible only to those rich people and companies that fund their campaigns. In this way unregulated capitalism. unfair campaign laws and political shenannigans will have killed the most noble experiment in democracy in the history of the world. How shameful and how sad! Republicans want a government ruled by one-party and not the “give and take” of true democratic processes. They subvert those processes and only pretend to be in favor of Abe Lincoln’s version of democracy of, by and for the people. Abe is rolling over in his grave as he see what this current group of short-sighted, power hungry and narrow-mined currently elected Republicans in the House and the Senate are doing. (This means a majority of those who are currently elected and would not vote to impeach Trump even after the instigated the Jan. 6 assault on our Capitol building and they white-washed the coverage of that assault afterwards. this is the majority that voted not to confirm the electoral college vote count on Jan. 6, 2021)

  6. I am a 95 (and still alive), WWII Veteran. I served on board the USS Guam in WWII. As a Yeoman, 3rd class, I was responsible for keeping the records of 2,000 enlisted men.

    At age 18, before military service, I had completed two years of a job that paid 4 x minimum wage and bought my mother of nine children a home. (My lovable father had serious health problems).

    I look back on a business career which resulted in the completion of a new Village and a Ski Mountain in South Bristol, NY – one that employees hundreds and serves thousands including those from Canada. More importantly, I look back on a happy marriage with five children and 13 grandchildren.

    One thing that I have admired over the years are leaders with ability as well as humility. Indeed, that would reflect why I feel that I have no respect whatsoever for Donald Trump. As to his loyal followers, this is America and that is their right.

    I firmly believe in the following:

    “The For the People Act rests on three pillars: reaffirming and expanding voting rights, strengthening oversight to end big money in politics, and ensuring an ethical government. It would, among other things, institute automatic voter registration, place new limits on partisan practices like gerrymandering, and require candidates for president and vice president to release their tax returns for the previous 10 years. The need for action is clear: More than 360 bills introduced in 47 state legislatures include provisions to make voting more difficult—for example, by shortening the time for absentee and early voting, requiring voters show an ID at the polls, purging voter rolls, and seizing control of local election boards.”

  7. I don’t think our Consitution includes any “right” for elected officials to prevent the American People from voting! That’s DICTATORIAL, UN-DEMOCRATIC behavior by those who do not want FREEDOM in America, but would rather control our society to their liking! That really invokes memories of a NAZI DICTATOR who started WORLD WAR II not so long ago! We do NOT need insidious fanatics trying to drag our Democacy backwards to that terrible time!

    1. I don’t think our Consitution includes any “right” for elected officials to prevent the American People from voting! That’s DICTATORIAL, UN-DEMOCRATIC behavior by those who do not want FREEDOM in America, but would rather control our society to their liking! That really invokes memories of a NAZI DICTATOR who started WORLD WAR II not so long ago! We do NOT need insidious fanatics trying to drag our Democacy backwards to that terrible time!

  8. The right to vote is the key to our democracy. We the people! It was fought and died for. Money and limited power must not remove this.

  9. It’s very simple…..our democracy depend on fair and equal votes for everyone. Without this, we can easily devolve into a nation led by despots and dictators. Without fair and safe voting practices, we become the prey of the Republicans who are sore losers and don’t want a democracy to prevail….only their laws which do not represent what the majority of Americans wish.

    1. It’s very simple…..our democracy depend on fair and equal votes for everyone. Without this, we can easily devolve into a nation led by despots and dictators. Without fair and safe voting practices, we become the prey of the Republicans who are sore losers and don’t want a democracy to prevail….only their laws which do not represent what the majority of Americans wish.

  10. I can’t believe we advise other countries on democracy while the GOP seems bent on reversing rights in the USA. We cannot allow this to happen. Too many people sacrificed their lives.

  11. There was a time when our elected Representatives in Congress worked in good faith for the needs of our country. Now we are faced with a Republican Party that has become radicalized to a more far right ideology that will destroy our country. If we continue to standby and allow these Republicans to continue on the path they are on, we are just as complicit as they are. Vote them OUT!

  12. Voting is a right NOT A PRIVILEGE – we must not let the so-called “republicans” turn this country into their idea of “democracy.” It’s time to remember we vote these people into office and we can vote them out!

  13. We need every Democrat
    to bombard West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin’s office with letters, text messages, and phone calls imploring him to support this bill. He is the key, sad to say.

  14. When your only purpose is “steal or keep power at all costs,” your only policy is “break the government and blame the Democrats,” and your only program is “give billionaires and multibillion dollar profit corporations welfare tax breaks,” you have to do something to win. Like establish a new GQP platform of “enough dog whistles; use racism to incite fear and hate. And when even that isn’t enough, you then have to try to disenfranchise as many American citizens who vote for real policies as possible.

    This “political party” showed their true, seditionist, fascist “politics” on January 6 and continue to do so by trying to rewrite history of that day and persistently lying about the results of an election they lost by 7+ million votes. Fewer and fewer voters believe that outside of the cultist acolytes, so they want to continue to choose who can vote.

    They have to be stopped.

    1. All republicans that keep saying that the incserection of January 6th didn´t occur should be impeached!!!!!

  15. Support the “For the People Act”. Every person eligible to vote should have the right to vote with easy access to vote.

  16. GET RID OF MITCH MCCONNELL, JOE MANCHIN, AND THE SLEW OF OTHER CYNICAL, DESTRUCTIVE, APPALLINGLY DAMAGING POLITICIANS that oppose this exceedingly obvious need to preserve our society. THROW THESE BUMS OUT for what they are doing to our country in the name of greed and self-interest.

    1. GQP EVIL BASTARDS…..

      August 6, 2019
      Dear Americans,

      THE PLAGUE
      Ring around the polls
      Republicans on their toes
      Much to disclose
      Really foes
      Time to expose…..
      (published Dec. 1992)

      I thank the Democrats for all they have done, over the 76 years of my life.
      We need to speak to the people about Republican hindrance and how they have
      effected our countries progress and hurt most of our citizens. Starting with,
      President Obama, we need to inform our citizens; how the Republicans refused to pass Democratic legislation, spell out HOW it affected the country and “we citizens.” Every time a congressman or congresswomen speak, have at least 1 example. Unstable 45 should be exposed.. The robber barons have been the Democratic down fall. They are the real enemies!
      EXPOSE
      Our Governments self-serving bureaucracy
      Corporate greed/lack of responsibility
      Peoples’ prejudice/loss of integrity
      Organized religion, the medical community
      Scores more, ripping-off humanity
      America! The land of the free!?
      We need to get coverage on local News channels. Even the fox brainwashed,
      watch the local News.
      Save our Country from crimes against all Americans and the Constitution.
      Continue to fight.
      Sincerely
      DRL
      P.S.
      Especially the police racist policies. Name the Democratic bills that are being pigeonholed!

    2. I’m baffled that this is even a problem in a representative democracy. Who, exactly, are our “elected” leaders representing? If not us, who? An ideology? Or is it purely greed and power? WE the people have an unalienable right to choose who does OUR business in state houses across this great nation of OURS. Otherwise, it’s an oligarchy, plain and simple.

  17. Protect our VOTE !!!!
    Many advocates died for us to have the right to VOTE!!! WE THE PEOPLE DEMAND THE RIGHT TO VOTE WITHOUT SUPPRESSION INEQUALITY AND INJUSTICES !!!!

    1. I am disturbed by the voter suppression legislation being passed in some states. It is an attempt to disenfranchise many voters. It is racist and can not be tolerated.

    2. Protect our VOTE !!!!
      Many advocates died for us to have the right to VOTE!!! WE THE PEOPLE DEMAND THE RIGHT TO VOTE WITHOUT SUPPRESSION INEQUALITY AND INJUSTICES !!!!

    3. The right to vote — for ALL citizens — is a cornerstone of our democracy. Otherwise we’re just a banana republic. Do we really want that for our country? I certainly don’t, nor do I wish it for my children and grandchildren — or, for that matter, ANYONE. Please use your influence to protect this precious and critical right

  18. It is so important to invest more money in education and pay teachers like the professionals we are…most of us holding advanced degrees.

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