Statement by Vice President Kamala Harris on the For the People Act

When we vote, we don’t just decide our leaders. We determine our future.

The right to vote is fundamental. It gives Americans a voice in what is happening in our nation, whether it is in our economy or our national security, our education system or our health care system. When more people have a voice, our democracy becomes more representative and our nation becomes stronger.

Today, across our country, we are witnessing unprecedented attacks on voting rights. There are unfair bills in dozens of state legislatures that would limit early voting and postal voting and otherwise make it harder for the American people to vote. Make no mistake: while these attacks are meant to silence some Americans, the impact is being felt by all Americans.

At this critical juncture, the United States Senate had a crucial opportunity to make voting more accessible nationally. The For The People Act has the broad support of the American people. Yet as Senate Democrats united around the legislation, this afternoon Senate Republicans voted against his promotion.

The President and I are not discouraged, and I know the American people are too. Like previous generations, we will not give up, we will not give in and we will continue the fight to strengthen the right to vote. We will strengthen and expand the national coalition on voting rights, and promote national voter engagement and registration. We will elevate the leaders of states working to stop anti-election legislation and work with leaders in Congress to advance federal legislation that will strengthen voting rights.

I want to be clear that our administration remains committed to working with Congress to pass the For The People Act, and we will continue to work with Congress to pass the John Lewis Advancement Voting Act.

Here’s the bottom line: Our democracy is stronger when everyone participates and it is weaker when people are denied meaningful access to participation. And that is why the right to vote is neither Democrat nor Republican. The right to vote is an American right.

It is our duty, at every opportunity, to protect and strengthen the right to vote.


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