An open letter to the U.S. Senate

Pass S. 1 Now to Stop Billionaires from Buying Our Elections

117 so far! Let’s get to 250 signers!

We urge you to support and fight for S. 1 For The People Act, potentially the most significant democracy reform since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which has 62% support of voters across party lines according to recent polling by Data for Progress. We especially encourage you to preserve small-donor provisions in the bill, and insist that you resist any attempts to take those out. There is no need to compromise on this long-overdue reform. It is one of the most important and popular parts of the bill. Senator Manchin himself campaigned on the necessity of campaign finance reform when he successfully championed a public financing system for the state’s Supreme Court. It’s time to fix our broken system. Reform like this has already been implemented in locations such as Connecticut, Maine, Montgomery County, Maryland, Seattle, and elsewhere. And it is working: it creates a more responsive government, a more diverse candidate pool, and policies that the people — not just special interests — actually want. The For The People Act has the potential make our democracy truly representative of its constituents by stopping voter suppression in all fifty states, ending partisan gerrymandering, and introducing landmark campaign finance reform. It is a once-in-a-generation bill. Please show that you are on the right side of history, and do everything you can to ensure it gets passed without letting the filibuster stand in the way. The Senate must also skip the August recess if that’s what it takes to get this done. We expect Senators to do their jobs, no excuses.

First sent on August 5 by Indivisible East Bay

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