Press Release - Landmark Bill H.R.1 Passed the House!
For Immediate Release March 3, 2021
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Biden-Harris Administration and Congressional Leaders Must Finish the Job and Pass the For the People Act as a First Priority to Transform Our Democracy
We commend the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the For the People Act today, a sweeping package of democracy reforms that will expand and protect voting rights for all, end partisan and racial gerrymandering, get dark money out of politics, and restore transparency and accountability in our government.
A majority of Republicans, Independents, and Democrats support the For the People Act, and in passing this bill the House of Representatives responded to the will of the people, who voted in record numbers for a House, Senate, and a President who believe our democracy works best when every vote is counted and every voice is heard.
It’s critical that we sustain this momentum and move swiftly to make change. Since the 2020 election, 43 states have already introduced, prefiled, or carried more than 250 bills to restrict or limit voting access this year, intentionally aiming to drown out the voices of voters, particularly Black and brown voters, who voted in record numbers this past election cycle. We have a long road ahead of us to transform our politics and realize the true promise of democracy — a multiracial, inclusive government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Now that H.R.1 has passed in the House, the next step forward is with the correlated Senate bill (S.1).
The Blue Wave Postcards Movement calls for the passage of the For the People Act as a first priority of Congress and the Biden-Harris administration. It's time for our leaders, including U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-W VA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), to move our country forward by passing this bill immediately in the Senate.
The Blue Wave Postcards Movement is a national grassroots movement to turn out millions of voters and thousands of activists. We are a member of the Declaration for American Democracy – a coalition of more than 170 organizations from labor, racial justice, voting rights, faith, environmental, women’s rights, good government, and many other important communities, representing tens of millions of Americans.