Demos Commends the Passage of HR1 in the House, Calls on the Senate to Endorse the Bill

Release Date: 
March 8, 2019

Statement to be attributed to Demos President K. Sabeel Rahman

Demos commends the House of Representatives’ passage of HR1, also known as the For the People Act, and calls on the Republican-controlled Senate to provide bipartisan support for the bill’s bold and necessary reforms. 

The marquee bill, which features improvements to voting, campaign finance, and ethics laws, addresses the deep political, racial, and economicinequalitiesthat plague our democracy. 

These reforms cannot wait. For far too long our democracy has claimed to represent We The People, while in reality, the voices of the white, the affluent, and corporations have dominated. It is paramount that the Senate recognize the damaging effects of the current systems, which disproportionately impact people of color and other marginalized groups, and fully endorse HR1.  

Demos’ previous statement on HR1 here and our testimony in front of the House here

(Demos has been working with Rep. John Sarbanes, who chairs the Democracy Task Force that developed the package, and on outreach efforts with ally organizations on the issues related to the bill.)


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