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Press Release

Senate Republicans' Filibuster Continues to Jeopardize Americans' Freedom to Vote

WASHINGTON -

Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement after Republican senators today blocked a floor debate on the For the People Act:

“Despite the overwhelming, bipartisan public support for the For the People Act, Republicans have unconscionably continued to unjustly and irresponsibly block this crucially important legislation that would ensure no voter is denied the right to cast their ballot freely, safely, and equally. It is vital that Senate Democrats and the Biden administration make the For the People Act a priority. They must outline a path forward to ensuring our freedom to vote, and not let an arcane Senate rule impede progress. Our voices and demands for federal legislation that will help realize the promise of our democracy will not be silenced.”

In June, following the first Republican filibuster of the For the People Act in the Senate, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights joined with national civil rights organizations in calling on the Senate to reform the filibuster in order to protect the right to vote and pass the For the People Act. You can read that statement in full here.

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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Through advocacy and outreach to targeted constituencies, The Leadership Conference works toward the goal of a more open and just society – an America as good as its ideals.

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