Washington (October 20, 2021) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following statement today after Senate Republicans once again filibustered voting rights legislation. Senate Democrats all voted for the Freedom to Vote Act, legislation that would protect our democracy and the fundamental right to vote.
“Republican colleagues once again chose obstruction over the debate when presented with the opportunity to protect the will and the voices of the American people. Ensuring the right to vote is how we restore faith in our democracy and how we turn popular opinion into legislative action. Voting rights are how Americans make their voices heard about how we should combat the climate crisis, respond to the pandemic, ensure health care, and protect families. In the face of continued Republican opposition, we must abolish the filibuster and pass the Freedom to Vote Act to ensure every voice across our country is heard.”
This June, Senate Republicans filibustered debate on the For the People Act, legislation to reform the United States electoral system to expand voting rights, keep dark money out of politics, and limit partisan gerrymandering.