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Anushka Sarkar,

Responding to Pressure From Filibuster Reform Advocates, Biden Says He's Open to Scrapping Rule for Voting Rights "And Maybe More"

"The President’s remarks are a huge step in the right direction—but it’s not enough," says SUA President Sean Eldridge

In a CNN town hall last night, President Biden responded to growing pressure from Stand Up America and other filibuster reform advocates and expressed openness to scrapping the Senate filibuster to pass critical voting rights legislation.
Sean Eldridge, Stand Up America's Founder and President, responded to President Biden's comments:
"President Biden's remarks are a huge step in the right direction--but it's not enough. Now we need action. Every week that goes by we're seeing more rampant Republican voter suppression in the states, more partisan gerrymandering, and more attempts to sabotage and subvert the will of the American people. President Biden must meet this moment and offer his full-throated support for ending the Jim Crow filibuster. We'll keep up the pressure until he does and the Senate acts to protect our freedom to vote.

"President Biden has said that we are facing 'the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War' and that voting rights legislation is a must-pass 'national imperative.'

"We agree. That's why Stand Up America members have made nearly 90,000 phone calls to Congress urging them to end the filibuster and pass voting rights legislation, and why we partnered with other advocates to deliver over 400,000 signatures to the White House demanding that President Biden call on the Senate to end the filibuster and protect our freedom to vote."

Stand Up America is a progressive advocacy organization with over two million community members across the country. Focused on grassroots advocacy to strengthen our democracy and oppose Trump's corrupt agenda, Stand Up America has driven over 600,000 phone calls to Congress and mobilized tens of thousands of protestors across the country.