The Senate has been doing its best to show us that it is not broken. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has been doing his best to pull in 10 Republicans who will vote for crucial bills, such as the bill to provide infrastructure. Yet, Senate Minority Leader Mitch “Grim Reaper” McConnell (R-KY) has promised to blow up every bill President Joe Biden wants. Who will win? The answer is surprising.
We have been looking toward the Senate to mend itself, but corporations have taken an active part. They have been wielding their not unsubstantial power of the purse to drag Republicans toward common sense. At a time where the clock has sprung out of its Senate casing, money is the only language they understand. Over 70 businesses signed a letter directed at the Senate, reprimanding them to pass a sweeping. voter rights bill.
Declaration for American Democracy, Vote.org, and Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote kicked off the letter. It wrote that the Senate must pass a bill to take into consideration the already 400 state bills, which limit voter access and other outrageous voter restrictions. According to CBS affiliate News 19:
‘These bills work in stark contrast to our interests, and make it more difficult for Americans to have a say in key decisions from healthcare to the economy by limiting our ability to register to vote and cast a ballot early or by mail.’
‘Voting is a fundamental right in our country, and it is up to our elected officials to protect it.’
The letter continued, pointing at the “abusive state laws:”
‘The For the People Act would override many of the abusive state laws that make it harder for millions to cast their ballots, and set national standards for free and fair elections.’
Some of those companies are: Ben & Jerry’s, Lime, the National Hockey League, Patagonia, and Youth To The People. They indicated that in addition to pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act, the Senate must also pass like bills including the S.1 John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.
These bills would make mail-in ballots, automatic voter registration, Election Day a national holiday, and halt the insane Republican act of gerrymandering districts to their advantage.
Unless the bills get 60 votes in the Senate, though, they are doomed to failure. A filibuster would take them down. The letter continued:
‘We applaud the House for passing the For the People Act, and urge the Senate to follow suit and do its part to protect our democracy.’
‘Together, we can ensure our employees and communities can safely and freely cast their ballots so every voice is heard and our elections reflect the will of the people.’
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