Press Release

Senate’s Failure to Proceed on Voting Rights Legislation Damaging to Democracy

Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the For the People Act (S. 1) and the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (S. 420) after the Senate blocked S. 1:

When an American citizen is denied the right to vote, whether by a court, a state legislature or business as usual in Washington, we become a lesser nation. When more than 60 million people would vote for a voice on the job today, but only one in 10 workers are union members, something is terribly wrong. The For the People Act and the PRO Act would restore democracy to America’s polling places and workplaces after decades of destructive attacks. These bills have broad support and limitless potential for good. Procedural roadblocks must be removed. Paths must be cleared. And laws must be signed. The American people voted for change. It is time for Congress to protect and honor that vote with action. 

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