For Immediate Release
Contact: Omar Tewfik

Saunders: The For The People Act will restore and revive democracy

AFSCME president Lee Saunders released the following statement on the House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 1, the For The People Act

“The system is rigged – not just our economy but also our democracy. The concentration of power in the hands of wealthy elites is silencing the voices of working families, especially communities of color. H.R. 1 would loosen that grip, instituting long-overdue reforms to restore accountability and re-enfranchise millions. In addition to strengthening ethics laws and increasing transparency, this sweeping legislation would put teeth back into the Voting Rights Act, simplify voter registration and expand voting options. It would ensure that everyone eligible to cast a ballot can do so free of obstacles, intimidation or suppression tactics. The Senate should take up this bill without delay.”