FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
JANUARY 18, 2022
Anushka Sarkar, Stand Up America, email@example.com
Under current Senate rules, Democrats can and must extend the current floor debate until they have a majority vote on the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Stand Up America’s Executive Director, Christina Harvey issued the following statement in response to reports that Senate Democrats are considering a new approach to extend the current floor debate on voting rights and force a majority vote, as permitted under current Senate rules:
“Senate Democrats are on the Senate floor right now embracing a rare opportunity to substantively debate voting rights. But they have an even rarer opportunity to pass the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act at the end of this debate, if they are willing to stand together and do it. Now that they have found a way to open debate, under the current rules, Democrats can and must force a public debate that ends with a majority vote after every senator has exhausted their time. It may take weeks, but if Senate Democrats can find the political courage this moment requires, they have the tools right now to pass voting right legislation and save our democracy.”
About Stand Up America
Stand Up America is a progressive advocacy organization with over two million community members across the country. Focused on grassroots advocacy to stand up to corruption and voter suppression and build a more representative democracy, Stand Up America has driven over 1.6 million calls to lawmakers, registered tens of thousands of voters, mobilized thousands of protestors, and contacted tens of millions of voters.