Today, the House of Representatives passed HR-1, the For the People Act for a second time. The bill was also passed by the 116th Congress two years ago, only to die in “Grim Reaper” Mitch McConnell’s legislative graveyard.
Now this bill – the most important piece of pro-democracy legislation since the 1960s – actually has a chance of becoming law because Democrats control the Senate. The legislation has been introduced on the Senate side as S1.
The path to Biden’s desk is narrow, but Democrats MUST get this done, at all costs.
This US House webpage explains why the ‘For The People’ Act is beyond crucial for the future of our democracy in the wake of the authoritarian energy that continues to brew on the right. Please visit this page to learn more about the bill.
Passing this bill is a necessary precursor to moving forward a broader agenda rooted in equity and justice. Unless we safeguard our democracy, Republicans will continue to manipulate and degrade our democratic system, solidifying rule of the majority by a shrinking minority.
The ‘For The People’ Act focuses reforms in three critical areas:
- Ensuring Free & Fair Elections
- Ending the Dominance of Big Money in Our Politics
- Strengthening Ethics Laws & Oversight for Elected Officials
There is a reason the GOP will fight tooth and nail to see that this doesn’t pass: it will seriously jeopardize their ability to manipulate electoral laws and maps, spread disinformation and abuse power.
‘For The People’ is the Whole Ballgame
If you believe…
- Trump’s abuses of power must not ever be repeated;
- spending on elections is out of control;
- gerrymandering is bad;
- dark money is destroying our politics;
- people should be able to vote early / from home with no excuse;
- foreign agents and actors need to stay out of our elections;
…then we need you to get LOUD for the next month. ‘For The People’ addresses all of these concerns and more. It’s time to do maintenance on our democracy – reinforce the foundation and eliminate the rot that has accumulated over the last four decades.
How You Can Help
The path to victory on HR-1/S-1 is narrow. Because these reforms have nothing to do with the budget, we can’t pass this bill through reconciliation’s simple-majority threshold. Current Senate rules will require 60 votes to move this forward, and that is beyond unlikely.
In the end, the filibuster will need to be removed entirely or in part to move this legislation through the Senate. But how we message this is extremely delicate. DemCast is working with strategy, procedural and messaging experts as well as with grassroots groups from across the country to construct a messaging plan that will get this across the finish line. How we build the narrative over the next few weeks matters. A lot.
For at least the next month, DemCast will be issuing regular messaging guidance, amplifying grassroots social posts, sharing opportunities for action, and hosting regular Zoom strategy calls to help activists use their voices in support of this bill.
The right wing will be spreading a lot of disinformation about the ‘For The People’ Act. They will do everything they can to leverage social media and sink this thing.
We need a large group of Democracy Warriors who want to join our social media amplification team to help counter their messaging and spread the truth. Please fill out the form below if you are willing to use your social media account to spread word about the importance of the ‘For The People’ Act. We would love to have you on the team.
Thank you all. Let’s get this done and safeguard our democracy for our kids and grandkids.
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