Clean Water Action: Senate Republicans blocking democracy reforms is unacceptable

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Washington, DC -- Early this morning Republicans prevented the Senate from debating the For the People Act for a second time this summer. They also blocked debate on measures to prohibit partisan gerrymandering and address dark money in politics.

Clean Water Action President and CEO, Bob Wendelgass, released the following statement:

“The freedom to vote is our most fundamental right. But Republicans in the Senate and in too many state houses across the country clearly don’t believe that right should be protected. Our country is stronger when we all have an equal say in the decisions that impact our families and our future, so breaking down barriers to the ballot should be a no-brainer. Instead, Republicans again stopped the Senate from even discussing our nation’s most basic right. A healthy democracy is critical to a healthy environment, but gerrymandering, corporate dark money, and unscrupulous politicians are undermining faith in our elections. The reforms in the For the People Act are wildly popular -- Senate Democrats need to do everything they can to pass this critical legislation after August recess, including reforming or ending the filibuster if needed.

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Since the organization’s founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking, and people power to the table. www.cleanwater.org

Michael Kelly
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