The League of Women Voters joined other groups as part of the Declaration for American Democracy coalition in strongly urging members of the U.S. House to vote for HR1, the For the People Act and to vote against any weakening amendment or motion to recommit that would weaken or remove any provision in the Act.
HR1 is a bold, comprehensive piece of legislation that will make our election system more free, fair, and accessible to all eligible Americans. It should be passed immediately and moved to the Senate for consideration.
Vote for H.R. 1 and Against Weakening or Undermining Any Provision
We write as members of the Declaration for American Democracy coalition to strongly urge you to vote for H.R. 1, the “For the People Act of 2019,” and to vote against any weakening amendment and against any motion to recommit to weaken or remove any provision in the Act.
Our political system is dangerously broken and the American people know it. They are deeply concerned about the rigged system in Washington that benefits wealthy individuals and powerful special interests at the great expense of more than 300 million Americans.
H.R. 1 is a holistic approach to repairing the rules of our democracy. The legislation provides essential solutions to:
- Influence-money corruption of government decisions and the appearance of such corruption;
- Indefensible barriers that exist to citizens registering and exercising their fundamental right to vote;
- Extreme partisan gerrymandering that deprives the American people of fair elections; and
- Seriously flawed government ethics rules resulting in widespread ethics abuses by President Trump and his administration officials.
Spurious and misleading arguments are being made against H.R. 1 by opponents who want to keep in place the unjustifiable status quo. These arguments should be recognized for what they are: desperate efforts to prevent the House from taking effective action to repair our political system, revitalize our democracy and help fulfill the promise democracy envisions for our country.
We are at a crisis moment when our democracy is under grave threats from actors at home and abroad, and citizen confidence in Congress has reached dangerously low levels. Your votes on H.R. 1 are of historic consequence.
The American people and our organizations will be watching your votes on H.R. 1, including the motion to recommit, which will be judged by history.
Our organizations strongly urge you to vote for H.R. 1 and to vote against any weakening amendment and against any motion to recommit to weaken or remove any provision in the Act.
African American Ministers In Action
American Friends Service Committee
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Brave New Films
Brennan Center for Justice
Campaign for Accountability
Center for American Progress
Center for Media and Democracy
Center for Popular Democracy
Clean Elections Texas
Coalition to Preserve, Protect and Defend
Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Color of Change
Communications Workers of America (CWA)
Disciples Refugee and Immigration Ministries
End Citizens United Action Fund.
Equal Justice Society
Ecumenical Poverty Initiative
Faith in Public Life
Free Speech for People
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Franciscan Action Network
Interfaith Action for Human Rights
Interfaith Worker Justice
Lawyers for Good Government
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
League of Women Voters of the United States
Main Street Alliance
NARAL Pro-Choice America
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
National Council of Jewish Women
National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund
NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics (NMMOP)
People Demanding Action
People For the American Way
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Poligon Education Fund
Progressive Leadership Initiative
Progressive Turnout Project
Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
South East Asian Faith Initiatives
Stand Up America
Take on Wall Street
Tikkun’s Network of Spiritual Progressives
Truman National Security Project
Unitarian Universalist Association
Union of Concerned Scientists
URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity
Voices for Progress
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign