The For the People Act, a comprehensive bill to expand, ensure, and strengthen voting rights nationwide, failed to muster the 60-vote supermajority necessary to advance in the Senate. All 50 Democratic senators voted to bring the bill to the floor for debate and discussion while all 50 Republican senators voted to block it. But this is just the first step in the process. We will be working with our labor and civil rights partners throughout the summer to make sure this bill comes up again. The Senate must continue to hear from us about the importance of this bill and the need to ensure nationwide access to the right to vote, the bedrock of our democracy.
“I struggle with how to explain the indefensible actions by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republican senators,” said NEA President Becky Pringle. “They have worked to restrict access to democracy, and their vote today is just another way they have stacked the deck against the Indigenous community and people of color in this country. Although the For the People Act failed to advance today in the Senate, this is not the end. The 3 million members of the National Education Association will remain steadfast in our mission that every American has full access to exercise their inalienable right to participate in democracy. We will not rest until all Americans can safely and freely cast their ballots and have their voices heard.”
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 and place new limits on partisan practices like gerrymandering.
Email your senators and tell them to support S. 1 to strengthen our democracy and end voter suppression.