Senators Manchin, Klobuchar, others strike compromise on voting and elections bill
Un-PAC Executive Director Shana Gallagher released the following statement regarding the compromise bill struck on the For the People Act:
“Un-PAC strongly supports the Freedom To Vote Act and applauds Senator Manchin for his leadership in crafting this revised bill. The new Freedom to Vote Act maintains the most important aspects of campaign finance and voting rights reform that young people care about, specifically by protecting the freedom to vote for all Americans, stopping partisan gerrymandering so that voters pick their politicians instead of the other way around, and shining a light on dark money so that billionaires can’t buy elections. These reforms have overwhelming support from West Virginians of all political stripes, and we call on Senator Capito to also support this necessary legislation.”
“Senator Manchin has always been a leader who delivers for the people of West Virginia. Young people across West Virginia and the country recognize his commitment to protecting our democracy and we commend him for his leadership in finding a common-sense compromise that will crack down on political corruption. We will never be truly free as long as corporations and billionaires are able to buy our elections and write the laws that dictate our lives. Senator Manchin’s bill protects our freedom.”
“Solutions to all of the problems facing young people are blocked by our broken democracy. The Freedom To Vote Act would be the most important step we’ve taken in decades to fix it. Our Senators must do whatever it takes to pass this bill as soon as possible, and to make sure that our government truly works for our generation, not just for corporations and billionaires. Our futures hang in the balance of this bill passing, and we will not let anything stand in our way.”
Un-PAC is a statewide, nonpartisan organization activating students and young people to demand long overdue structural democracy reform so that we can actually solve urgent problems. Additional information can be found at www.un-pac.org, or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LetsUnPAC.