The Progressive


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For Immediate Release

Debt Ceiling Vote Shows What's Possible for Voting Rights Legislation

Congressional leaders reached deal last week to bypass filibuster, avert default.


Today, the Senate passed legislation to raise the debt ceiling with a simple majority after congressional leaders created an exception to the chamber's 60-vote threshold.

Sean Eldridge, President & Founder of Stand Up America, commented on the significance of the debt ceiling vote:

"With a simple majority vote, the Senate averted economic catastrophe and demonstrated that the only way to break through Republican obstruction and deliver for the American people is to bypass the filibuster. Now, it's time for the Senate to apply the same standard to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which are equally critical to our nation's future."

If 50 votes are enough to protect our economy, then 50 votes should be enough to protect our democracy and 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.