‘Not a Moment to Waste’ – DemCast plus 117 Organizations Call on Senate Democrats to Finally Address Filibuster, Pass Strong Voting Rights and Democracy Legislation

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Majority Leader Schumer,

Thank you for your strong leadership and continued dedication to making progress on essential
priorities for the American people and for our democracy in the face of partisan obstruction.

We have moved past hypotheticals and entered a perilous new moment for our democracy.
Senate Republicans’ decision to block legislation establishing a bipartisan commission to
investigate the January 6th insurrection is a shameful abdication of their duties to our country.
As Senator Joe Manchin said, “So disheartening. It makes you really concerned about our
country.” That Republicans could not even support a bipartisan investigation into a deadly attack
on the U.S. Capitol reflects dangerously misplaced priorities: they have chosen party over
country, obstruction over progress, and Trump over democracy.

In the face of Republicans’ inability and unwillingness to defend our democracy, it is clearer than
ever that the filibuster needs to be eliminated. As Senator Brian Schatz stated, “filibustering a
bipartisan Commission regarding the January 6 insurrection is a three dimensional way to make
the point that the filibuster is primarily a destructive force in American politics.”

Meanwhile, we are witnessing the “greatest contraction of voting rights since the end of
Reconstruction and the beginning of Jim Crow,” as Republican legislatures across America
attack voting rights and play partisan games with their election laws.

Passing S.1, the For the People Act, is essential in light of these attacks on Americans’
fundamental voting and civil rights. Yet Senate Minority Leader McConnell has called blocking
the For the People Act his “top priority” and is committed to using the filibuster as a weapon to
keep our democracy rigged.

We cannot allow the filibuster to stand in the way of progress or imperil the health of our
democracy. As columnist E.J. Dionne noted, “No amount of cajoling, compromising, begging,
pleading or standing-on-your-head-and-holding-your-breath will change this … you can defend
voting rights or you can defend the filibuster. You can’t do both.”

Investigating an insurrection and protecting voting rights should not be controversial or partisan
– and they should not be issues that a minority of senators are allowed to block.

We call on you and the Senate Democratic caucus to eliminate the filibuster as a weapon that
Sen. McConnell can use to block efforts to defend and strengthen our democracy and make our
government work for the American people.


Fix Our Senate

Battle Born Collective

Common Cause

Equal Citizens


Stand Up America

20/20 Vision DC

350 Eugene

Alliance for Justice

Alliance for Youth Action

Bend the Arc: Jewish Action

Black Voters Matter Fund

Blue Future

Blue Wave Postcard Movement 


Brave New Films

Broward for Progress

Businesses for a Livable Climate

CA Businesses for a Livable Climate

Call to Action Colorado

Campaign for America’s Future

CASE Action

CatholicNetwork US

CBFD Indivisible San Diego

Citizens for Constitutional Integrity

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)

Clean Elections Texas 

Climate Crisis Policy

Climate Hawks Vote

CO Businesses for a Livable Climate

Communications Workers of America (CWA)

Declaration for American Democracy

Demand Justice 

DemCast USA

Democracy 21

Democracy for America

Democracy Matters

Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida

DFA Palm Beach County 

Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance

Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)

Equal Justice Society 

Equality California

Evergreen Action

Fair Elections for New York

Faith for Black Lives

Faith in Public Life Action 

Feminist Majority

Fix Democracy First

Friends of the Earth

Future Coalition

Herd on the Hill

I-70/Vasquez Blvd. Superfund CAG

Indivisible Detroit Coalition 

Indivisible East Bay

Indivisible Marin

Indivisible Northern Nevada

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

Main Street Alliance

Mainers for Accountable Leadership

March for Our Lives

Michiganders for Fair & Transparent Elections

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action


Montbello Neighborhood Improvement Association


National Association of Social Workers

National Council of Jewish Women

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

National Voter Corps

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

Newtown Action Alliance


North Range Concerned Citizens 

Northridge Indivisible

One Fair Wage

Our Revolution

OVEC-Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

People’s Action

Poder Latinx

Pride at Work

Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Progressive Democrats of America

Progressives for Democracy in America Cent FL

RapidShift Network

RepresentUs New Mexico

Rise Up WV

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Small Business Alliance

Social Security Works

Spirit of the Sun

Statewide Indivisible Michigan

Students Against Voter Suppression

Sunrise Movement


SURJ Marin – Showing Up for Racial Justice

Take Back the Court

The Earth Bill Network

The Green House Connection Center

The National Vote

The Sierra Club



Unite North Metro Denver

Unite North Metro Denver

Upper West Side MoveOn/Indivisible Action Group

URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity

Venice Resistance

Voices for Progress

Vote Save America

Voto Latino

Wall of Women

We Testify

Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice

Women of Michigan Action Network

Women’s March

Zero Hour

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