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FOR THE PEOPLE ACT – SENATE MUST ACT TO PROTECT AMERICAN DEMOCRACY FROM UNPRECEDENTED ATTACKS

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SENATE MUST ACT TO PROTECT AMERICAN DEMOCRACY FROM UNPRECEDENTED ATTACKS

(NEW YORK – March 4, 2021) – National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial issued the following statement regarding the passage of H.R. 1 in the House of Representatives:

“We have watched in dismay as state lawmakers around the country responded to record turnout among voters of color with aggressive, racially-motivated restrictions on voting.  The House of Representatives admirably stood against this anti-democracy movement last night by passing a sweeping expansion of voting rights contained in the For the People Act. Now the Senate must do the same.

“Just this week, an attorney representing some of the anti-democratic state lawmakers stood before the United States Supreme Court and made an astonishing admission: the reason they seek these restrictions isn’t large-scale voter fraud, which is non-existent, but a blatant partisan power grab.  Nothing could illustrate the crisis we face more succinctly.

“If we truly value a government of the people, by the people, and for the people; if we are committed to the principle of one person one vote regardless of party affiliation; if we expect to realize the promise of racial equity under the law, immediate passage of the For The People Act is critical.”

CONTACT:  Teresa Candori, National Urban League tcandori@nul.org