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Today, @SenateGOP voted to aid and abet the most dangerous campaign of voter suppression since Jim Crow.

By blocking our compromise voting rights bill, the Freedom to Vote Act, Republicans are undermining their constituents, the Constitution and our country.
This year alone, 19 GOP-controlled state legislatures enacted 33 laws to disenfranchise voters & GOP-appointed judges continue to rip away hard-won voter protections in the courts.

This all-out assault on the sanctity of the ballot is silencing the voices of voters.
Democrats will always be #ForThePeople – and we will not rest until we safeguard the sacred right to vote for generations to come. Read my full statement here:
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Lots of questions going around about whether it is too late to pass federal redistricting reforms for this decade with redistricting data coming out tomorrow. Short answer: It is not. Longer answer in this thread 🧵 #fairmaps #S1 #HR1 #ForThePeople 1/
Longer answer: It’s not too late, *but* states are going to start drawing and passing maps in a matter of weeks and to have optimal effect reforms would be in place before that happens. So the clock is ticking. #fairmaps #S1 #HR1 #ForThePeople 2/
The longer Congress waits, the less robust reforms risk being. For example, right now, the bill has strong transparency & public participation requirements and mandates that states release an analysis of maps before they are voted on. #fairmaps #S1 #HR1 #ForThePeople 3/
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With another cycle of redistricting just a couple of weeks away, no voting reform is more urgent or time sensitive than fixing the broken redistricting process. My op-ed 👇#fairmaps #S1 #HR1 #ForThePeople…
In short, you can’t “out organize” gerrymandering. In 2012 in PA, Democrats got 51% of the congressional vote but won just 5 of 18 seats. The map was so gerrymandered that even if Ds won 56% of the vote, they would have won only 6 of 18 seats. #fairmaps 2/
Contrast that to the pre-2011 map. Then Democrats won 11 of 19 seats with 56% of the statewide vote. (Or put another way, 58% of seats for 56% of the vote compared with 33% of seats for the same 56% of the vote under the gerrymandered 2011 map). #fairmaps 3/
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Throughout our history, Americans have celebrated #July4th as an annual recognition of our independence from tyranny, fight for freedom, and eventual establishment of our democracy. This year, we commemorate with an asterisk, a reminder of the perils our republic faces today.
The democracy that built this nation is under attack in a way that no American has ever witnessed in our lifetimes. We must act now to protect the institutions that make the United States the shining citadel and bulwark of democracy and freedom worldwide.
I am hopeful that the Senate will find a way to move forward the #ForThePeople Act and #JohnLewisVotingRightsAct both of which will help restore the right to vote across our nation and live up to Lyndon Johnson’s words by ensuring voting as a ‘basic right’ for all Americans.
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DEADLINE: Democracy is under attack—and Wisconsin is the key. We’ve got to beat Ron Johnson AND reelect @GovEvers. @WisDems are ratcheting up organizing, but need 104 more monthly donors by midnight Wed to hit our end-of-quarter target. Can you sign up?…
Plan A is to defend democracy through federal law. But to do that, as we saw from last week’s GOP filibuster of the #ForthePeople Act, we need to protect & expand the Dem Senate majority—and the most vulnerable incumbent in the Senate is WI's Ron Johnson.…
There are already six Dems running against Johnson. A very strong field—but the Democratic Senate primary isn’t until *Aug 9, 2022.* Until then, it’s up to the @WisDems to build the statewide campaign operation needed to defeat Ron Johnson.
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THREAD: Yesterday, Republicans in the state legislature passed bills limiting access to absentee ballots and attacking Wisconsinites’ right to vote.…
The bills passed by Wisconsin Republicans are an attack on voting rights and an attempt to make our elections less inclusive. Republicans know that the 2020 election was free, fair, and accessible, as was confirmed and reconfirmed by state & federal courts and election officials.
Voters chose, Biden won, and Trump lost. But instead of recognizing that the problem was their candidate, Republicans decided that the problem was democracy itself.
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Watching GOP Senators talk today about federalizing state elections is completely head spinning - because, of course, the federal government has *long* set election rules and standards. #S1 #HR1 #ForThePeople 1/
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is an obvious example. But more recently, UOCAVA (1986), National Voter Registration Act (1993), the Help America Vote Act (2002) - the first and last of which were signed into law by Republican presidents. #S1 #HR1 #ForThePeople 2/
In some cases, these federal laws forced states to change longstanding practices. The Help America Vote Act, for example, required states to have a chief election officer - something many states did not have at the time. #S1 #HR1 #ForThePeople 3/
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Ensuring that every American can vote in our elections is not a partisan question. It is the core of our democracy. #ForThePeople
Republicans should not be allowed to hide behind procedure. Stand up and vote — just like our constituents should be able to do. #ForThePeople
When we set up roadblocks between citizens and the ballot box, our democracy suffers. America is better than that. #ForThePeople
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And voting on the motion to proceed to debate on the For the People Act (S.2093, formerly S.1) has begun. #S1 #HR1 #ForThePeople
And, as expected, the motion to proceed on the For the People Act fails 50-50 on a party line basis. #S1 #HR1 #ForThePeople
Now on to a summer of negotiating, action, pressure. #S1 #HR1 #ForThePeople
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I'm not kidding. I stuck my neck out, and brought the receipts.

As a prominent Mexican American, I wouldn't be safe if the ruling party is controlled by **ump. That's a fact.

I'd never forgive that.

Pass #ForThePeopleAct *now*
It honestly seems like Democratic Senators don't grasp the existential threat to persons of color.

There's no need to read between the lines: Texas Democrats did what they did and said what they said.
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An Ohio voting 🧵 for you. Yesterday I was offered a provisional ballot, first because of my driver’s license expiration date, and then because my former address is on my driver’s license. 1/
I declined (no reason to hassle volunteer poll workers about Ohio’s anti-voter laws and practices) and asked the presiding judge to call the board to check the rules. 2/
I knew that my license is still valid until July 1, 2021 because of a law passed in response to the pandemic. 3/
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“Were you a CONTAINER ship or were you a CONTAINED ship?”
PAY ATTENTION: There are new voter suppression bills in Georgia, Florida and many other states trying to disenfranchise their constituents. We need the Senate to pass the #ForThePeople Act!!
ALSO: All AAPI people belong here. Stand up against hate crimes and step in if you see something!
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This trend is outrageous:

Eliminating $15/hr
Reducing thresholds for payments (cutting off ~400k New Jerseyans)
Cuts to weekly payments

What are we doing here? I'm frankly disgusted with some of my colleagues and question whether I can support this bill.

What is the Party of the People doing when instead of putting our full effort into helping struggling working families, we're arguing over ways to toss them aside?

What are we here for if not to help the American People?

It seems there's never a ceiling for the rich when they want a tax cut.

And never a floor for the poor when they need help.

If we're really #ForThePeople we best start acting like it. What I'm seeing of the negotiations right now doesn't cut it.
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A thread 🧵 on the redistricting provisions of H.R. 1 - which many people shorthand describe as banning partisan gerrymandering and/or requiring independent commissions for drawing congressional districts - but which really are a *lot* more. #ForThePeople #HR1 #fairmaps 1/
First, let’s talk about the partisan gerrymandering ban. Unlike the partisan gerrymandering cases litigated in state and federal court, H.R. 1’s partisan gerrymandering covers not just intent but also *effects.* #ForThePeople #HR1 #fairmaps 2/
This is crucial because, as we saw last decade, maps can be wildly skewed (think the 12-4 in OH or 13-5 in PA) but evidence of intent is often carefully hidden & lawmakers offer any number of pretexts, requiring complex, time consuming litigation. #ForThePeople #HR1 #fairmaps 3/
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The GOP is issuing an amazing amount of lies and misinformation on HR.1, also called the #ForThePeople Act

If you read the Bill yourself, you’ll quickly realize and be horrified with what the GOP is up to.

But, read on if you need a summary:

Here is just the Executive Summary of the #ForThePeople Act.

Just exactly what part is so wrong about it?

The early voting section ensures -shorter lines- as voting is spread out over time.

It defines how early of a date, hours of available, and even guarantees for rural areas of America.…
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Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux flipped #GA07 blue & helped put Georgia in the Dem column for the 1st time since 1992.

@Carolyn4GA7 uses her experience helping to rebuild GA’s economy in the Great Recession to tackle kitchen table issues for working families. #WomensHistoryMonth
Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernandez fought for decades for equity & investment in the health & economic security of Latino & tribal communities.

@TeresaForNM’s expertise is vital as the House tackles a pandemic w/ disparate impact on these communities. #NM03 #WomensHistoryMonth
Congresswoman Marie Newman’s fight for #Equality4All was a national model years before she came to DC.

@Marie4Congress also works for health care, gun sense, and curbing economic inequality with workforce & infrastructure investment for a green economy. #IL03 #WomensHistoryMonth
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.@SenatorSinema is doubling down on her support of the #filibuster in emails to constituents today. 🧵
At the same time Sinema argues that she cares more about process than policies that help people or restoring our democracy for the people, the Arizona legislature leads the nation in proposed voter suppression bills.…
And it's a crisis. "Some of the 19 proposals would limit or eliminate no-excuse absentee ballots, make it harder to obtain an absentee ballot, impose stricter ID requirements and even give the legislature the right to pick presidential electors despite election results."
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We promised people that if we won the Senate, we would send out $2,000 survival checks. They delivered us to victory—and now we MUST deliver.

“Targeting” checks to a smaller group fails to do that. People need help like never before, and we must put money in their pockets.
“Targeting” checks isn’t just bad for people, it’s bad policy too! It’s not humane, it's not smart, it’s not effective, and it’s not even fiscally responsible. Not to mention that it doesn't meet the scale of this crisis.

Help me spread the word about 4 obvious reasons why:
1⃣The survival checks often use 2019 tax data to measure someone’s income.

Millions lost their jobs in 2020 due to COVID—that’s the whole point of this relief!—and therefore their income from 1 or 2 years ago is no longer accurate. They need help now and we must provide it.
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Providing #COVID relief should be bipartisan. But if Republicans decide to oppose this urgent & necessary legislation, #Democrats will have to move forward without them. 1
#AmericanRescuePlan #BuildBackBetter #ForThePeople
If #Republicans refuse to work to bring urgently needed relief to American workers and families..House Democrats’ proposed budget resolution provides an alternative path for the #AmericanRescuePlan. 2
Priority #1 is delivering vital #COVID relief ASAP. With @POTUS’s #AmericanRescuePlan We can finally say “Help is on the way.” 3
#BidenHarris #ForThePeople
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BREAKING: The Senate plans to make H.R.1, the comprehensive pro-democracy & anti-corruption bill, its first priority.

The Act would ban gerrymandering, establish small-donor public financing, pass AVR, strengthen ethics laws, close lobbyist loopholes, & more.

This is the most groundbreaking suite of pro-democracy reforms since Watergate.

We have a once in a generation opportunity to fix the severe problems in our democracy.

It’s on us to make sure this law passes.

#HR1 #ForthePeople
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It's not just that @realDonaldTrump PROVED DC *IS* SWAMPY & decades long, lines of hired Civil Servants could've done more(what he did)but DIDN'T...he pushed them to ACTUALLY work #ForThePeople instead of just drawing$ while 0's-MSM made em all LOOK BUSY with clickbait & TV clips
PotusTrump BROKE the Media.

PotusTrump BROKE the status quo causing complacency & complicity IN INSTITUTIONS & AMONG #WeThePeople. WE CELEBRATE this. The stalemate among our Reps is NOT abt "disagreeing", it's abt continuing persistent & intentional suffrage caused by them.

Talked abt 👇B4

"Racial Profiling" was STARTED BY our GOVERNMENT. Yes once again our Civil Servancy CAUSED, CREATED, & STOKED Racism, division, & HATE by calling it "Inclusiveness" in 1870 & again in 1977 by the OMB, expanding "Inclusiveness" by the year 2000 to 126 categories. ImageImageImage
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Join me in calling for an audit of every fucking ballot cast in KY. Prove to me that this complete monster, traitor, and gravedigger of democracy won by almost 20 points (over 417,000 votes) when he did not campaign and was projected to come within just a few points of McGrath.
This was not simply R voters in KY voting along party lines. Mitch was the most public face of Trump’s treason; proudly referring to himself as the “grim reaper” of bills to help Americans; & we succeeded in flipping seats in equally red states. This needs to be looked at.
This man has obstructed every piece of legislation from benefitting Americans for decades while his home state of KY remains poor, uneducated, and dilapidated. He blocked Obama from telling America about Russia’s attack in 2016. He’s a traitor.
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This is the #DemPartyPlatform for 2020. This part is called: RESTORING AND STRENGTHENING OUR DEMOCRACY:
Protecting and Enforcing Voting Rights
Only one party recognizes the right for every American to cast a vote as a fundamental, sacred, constitutional right. 1/13
Our government and our elections are supposed to reflect the interests of the American people, not only the wealthiest few and the biggest corporations.2/13 #DemPartyPlatform #Election2020 #ForThePeople
Dems will fight to restore & protect Americans’ fundamental right to vote, including by aggressively pushing back against Republican governors, legislatures & state officials who have disenfranchised people of color, young people, low-income people & people w/disabilities. 3/13
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I just realized I have a little trove of #KamalaHarris #ForThePeople swag from last year. Buttons, stickers, and more. If anyone is interested, I'll do a contest and package it in with some #BidenHarris2020 stickers and buttons.
I'll also take suggestions for contests. Here's some of the stuff I'm giving away. Maybe 1 or 2 other items. Image
The shirt is a trans pride shirt in large.
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