February 26, 2021
What's On Our Mind ...
$5 million, voting rights, and the other Joe

Several anti-choice groups have launched a $5 million campaign to defeat a bill dealing with voting rights. They have a clear interest in keeping people from voting.

For the People Act, H.R. 1, is a historic voting rights, anti-corruption, ethics, and clean elections bill. “If we could get the reforms of H.R. 1 embodied into law, it would be absolutely transformational. It would be the most robust, breathtaking reforms that we’ve seen in two generations,” said the bill’s author, Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD).

H.R. 1 incorporates key measures that are urgently needed, including automatic voter registration and other steps to modernize our elections, a national guarantee of free and fair elections without voter suppression, and a commitment to restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. The House is expected to vote on H.R. 1 next week.

Every House Democrat has sponsored the legislation. Even though it will reach the Senate floor, its fate is not certain with the 50/50 split in the Senate.

We cannot afford to lose any Democrats. The spotlight will be on Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Jon Tester (D-MT), whose support for the bill is not rock-solid.

Call their offices at 202-224-3121. Tell them support H.R. 1.

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