On Wednesday, as the Senate companion bill for the For the People Act (S.1) was introduced, leaders from the 45-million-member social justice coalition the Democracy Initiative, including CWA President Chris Shelton, called for Senate action on the bill and warned against letting it fall victim to a filibuster.
"With the introduction of the For the People Act in the U.S. Senate today, we finally have a chance to reform our democracy to make sure the voices of working people are being heard,” said Shelton. "If we want to have free and fair elections – the most critical component of our democracy – we must pass this bill. Our nation cannot afford to let an antiquated tradition like the filibuster prevent us from taking the most basic actions to protect our elections. If we need to fight for the elimination of the filibuster in order to get the bill passed, CWA members are prepared to do so."