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The news isn’t good. Here’s the plan:

I'm going to be blunt. The news isn't good.

Over the weekend, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that he would not support our For The People Act because Republican Senators oppose it.

I’m disappointed, but I’m not giving up — and you shouldn’t either.

I’ll be talking to all of my colleagues to explore every option to protect our right to vote. There are two basic things we need to get done.

One is basic national standards to ensure all citizens’ freedom to vote, to stop billionaires from buying elections, and to end partisan gerrymandering.

Second, we need to make sure new laws are reviewed to ensure they don’t create barriers on the right to vote.

The second half is in the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which Senator Manchin says he has Republican support for, and that’s great. If we can pass a bipartisan voting bill, I’m all for it.

But we can’t stop there. We must end the corruption of our democracy already in place. And that’s what the For the People Act does -- it makes sure everyone has an equal chance to cast a ballot no matter where they live. It stops billionaires from buying elections. It ends the partisan gerrymandering that lets politicians choose their voters instead of the other way around.

Our nation is all about power flowing up from the People, not flowing down from the privileged. This vision is incredibly popular, which is why the For the People Act’s provisions have strong bipartisan support across this country. So I’m going to keep fighting for the For the People Act and I hope you will too.

And here’s the last thing: clearly, 50 seats is not enough. We need more Democrats in the United States Senate who believe in that vision of government, especially those who will unabashedly champion democratic reforms to end corruption and protect citizens’ freedom to vote.

To make that happen in 2022, we must defend Sen. Warnock in Georgia, Sen. Kelly in Arizona, and flip critical swing seats in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Florida.

Please donate to my Blue Wave Project right now and let's keep up the fight.



Posted on June 7, 2021.

Born in the small town of Myrtle Creek, Oregon, Jeff Merkley has never lost touch with his working class roots.

As a U.S. Senator, he works every day to create opportunity for working families, stop the corruption of our democracy, and tackle the climate crisis.

A workhorse and a progressive champion, Jeff Merkley is leading a movement to get our country back on track.

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