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Will we lose our democracy? Or will we defend voting rights?

I remember January 6, when Trump's mob invaded the U.S. Capitol. Our country's legislative branch was prevented from doing its work for most of the day. There was terror, chaos, and casualties. The insurrectionists were crystal clear in their intent to subvert democracy and even threatened to kill leaders of our country.

And the insurrection didn't stop that day. Republican politicians, especially in our nation's reddest states, are putting up the stiffest barriers to voting since Jim Crow. They know if everyone votes, they lose. They're even laying the groundwork to just out-and-out overturn election results they don't like.

Passing the Freedom to Vote Act is critical to defending our most fundamental rights as Americans. That's why, like you, I'm extraordinarily frustrated that we didn't get this done months ago.

But don't despair. I know it may feel like nothing is happening, but I'm working with a core group of my colleagues every single day working to convince the holdouts in our caucus that we need to reform the Senate to pass this bill. And we're making headway.

The bottom line is 50 Democratic Senators isn't enough. Getting everyone to agree on anything is tough. But I can tell you that we're closer than we've ever been to getting this historic voting rights passed.

January is going to be the make or break moment for our rights and freedoms. We are living on the knife's edge. Will we lose our democracy? Or will we defend voting rights? We all know Donald Trump's answer to those questions. And we know ours.

We need to pass this legislation, but ultimately, we are going to need to defend our democracy at the ballot box. This battle won't be over with one piece of legislation—win or lose, we need to build and grow our grassroots movement and expand our narrow majorities in Congress in the next election. Chip in now and let's build this movement for democracy!



Posted on December 17, 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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