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Reform The Senate to Ensure Democracy Can Last

WASHINGTON -

Today, President Biden traveled to Georgia to urge the Senate to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and reiterated his support of reforming the Senate to do so. Senator Schumer has made clear that he wants to reform the Senate and pass this legislation by any means necessary. 

Lisa Gilbert, Executive Vice President of Public Citizen, released the following statement:

“The filibuster has been reformed over 160 times, and it must be reformed yet again to ensure that the great experiment of American democracy lasts. We must protect our freedom to vote, end dark money, stop partisan gerrymandering, and defeat those who seek to sabotage or overturn our elections.

“These transformative pieces of legislation are only controversial if you believe big money should rule politics, partisan machinations should trump the rule of law, and protecting our right to vote isn’t worth fighting for. 

“The faction that attempted to sabotage the last election is already putting in place the pieces to do it again. President Biden understands that, as does Senator Schumer, and they are prioritizing action to thwart the attack. The question remains whether Senators Manchin and Sinema will do the same. If they can support a filibuster exception to raise the debt ceiling, they can support reforming the Senate to preserve our democracy.

“The Senate must immediately unite to preserve our elections and access to the ballot box for all. Anything less than the full passage of these bold reforms will fail democracy.”

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Public Citizen is a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization that champions the public interest in the halls of power. We defend democracy, resist corporate power and work to ensure that government works for the people – not for big corporations. Founded in 1971, we now have 500,000 members and supporters throughout the country.

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