Washington, DC — In response to President Joe Biden’s comments during last night’s CNN town hall that he would be open to altering the filibuster to pass voting rights legislation, People For the American Way, the League of Women Voters, and Declaration for American Democracy released the following statement:
“President Joe Biden took a step in the right direction for voting rights by indicating his willingness to eliminate the Senate filibuster as an obstacle to passing federal voting rights legislation. While words are great, President Biden must now do everything in his power to get the Freedom to Vote Act over the finish line and restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. Critical voting rights legislation before the Senate right now is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to expand access to voting for millions of Americans.
“Right now, redistricting is underway, anti-voter bills are going into effect, and mid terms are around the corner. Now is the time to protect the freedom to vote before it’s too late.”
People for the American Way (People For), the League of Women Voters (LWV), and Declaration for American Democracy (the DFAD coalition) have been leading actions at the White House since August 24, calling on President Biden to fix or nix the filibuster.
About People For the American Way
People For the American Way is a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and build a democratic society that implements the ideals of freedom, equality, opportunity and justice for all. We encourage civic participation, defend fundamental rights, and fight to dismantle systemic barriers to equitable opportunity. Learn more: https://www.pfaw.org.
About The League of Women Voters
The League of Women Voters envisions a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate. We believe in the power of women to create a more perfect democracy.
About the Declaration for American Democracy
The Declaration for American Democracy is a coalition of more than 240 organizations from labor, racial justice, voting rights, faith, environmental, women’s rights, good government, business and many other important communities, standing together to realize a democracy that represents, reflects, and responds to all of us.