S.949 Deserves a Hearing in the U.S. Senate
WASHINGTON, DC – Following the introduction of the For the People Act in the U.S. Senate last month, the League of Women Voters launched a nationwide campaign to promote a hearing on the democracy reform bill. Leagues in eight states placed full-page ads in area newspapers encouraging readers to ask their U.S. Senators for a hearing. The Leagues are also launching postcard writing campaigns to put grassroots pressure on their Senators for a hearing on the For the People Act.
“The League is hopeful that our ad campaign and other efforts will inspire voters to contact their Senators to demand a hearing on the For the People Act,” said Chris Carson, President of the League of Women Voters of the United States. “This bill stands to improve American elections by making our election system more free, fair, and accessible to all eligible Americans. It deserves a fair hearing, and all legislators should support it.”
The For the People Act passed in the U.S. House on March 8 and now sits in the Senate Committee on Finance. The League’s campaign urges Senators to give the American people an opportunity to hear their legislators debate the pros and cons of the bill. The American people deserve a fair hearing to determine how the For the People Act might strengthen our democracy.
Many of the bill's democracy reform provisions—like public campaign funding, bipartisan redistricting commissions, same day registration, and automatic voter registration—are widely supported among the American public and have a successful track record in many states and localities.
The League has been actively involved in the For the People Act’s journey through Congress as part of a coalition of more than 300 organizations. During the bill’s creation, the League worked behind the scenes to influence its language, including an effort to incorporate Same Day Registration.
The Senate’s next opportunity to take up a hearing on the For the People Act will be when it returns from recess on April 29.
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