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MoveOn Executive Director Rahna Epting Statement on Senate Vote on Filibuster

The Fight Continues for the Freedom to Vote

We need more elected leaders who fight for our power instead of their own.

Statement from MoveOn Executive Director Rahna Epting:

“President Biden forcefully and accurately laid out the choice between addressing the grave and growing threat to our democracy or protecting the arcane Senate filibuster rule. Tragically, every Republican senator refused to heed the call of history and sided with the segregationist practice of keeping people out of our democracy.

“Despite the actions of Trump and Senate Republicans, the right to vote still could have been protected if the Democratic caucus had stood united with the vast majority of Americans who support the freedom to vote. Instead, Senators Manchin and Sinema chose the filibuster over their own constituents’ right to vote.  

“Our fight to protect our vote and our democracy is not over. Today’s vote on the filibuster would never have happened without sustained pressure from the many generations of civil rights leaders and countless groups and activists, as well as the leadership of progressives in Congress. We the people are powerful, and together we will march forward. We will not let Republicans’ attempts to rule through exclusion, cynicism, and chaos prevail, because the insurrection on January 6 showed us what that kind of America would look like. 

“Millions of MoveOn members will take this fight to the ballot box in 2022 and 2024 to elect more leaders who fight for our power instead of their own. We will call on Congress to do what is morally right and pass the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act. We will continue to push state legislatures and fight right-wing obstructionists every step of the way when they try to silence Black, brown, Indigenous, rural, and low-income Americans and those with disabilities. 

“From local offices to Congress, we must elect people who reflect our shared values and all communities in our country. Only when all of us—no matter our color, party, or ZIP code—have the ability to participate in our democratic process can we make real progress toward an economy and democracy that work for everyone.”