Press release

90 Advocacy Groups to Majority Leader Schumer: Hold Another Vote on Voting Rights, Don’t Let Filibuster Block Will of Majority

Fix Our Senate

LETTER: “A majority of the Senate is now on record supporting strong voting rights, passing campaign finance reform, and curbing partisan gerrymandering. The only thing standing in the way is the outdated and abused filibuster.”

Leader Schumer in April: “Failure is not an option...If we wait until much past August then these horrible changes that these Republican legislatures are putting into effect may not be undone in we have to get it done by then"

WASHINGTON, DC — Fix Our Senate, Battle Born Collective, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Common Cause, Demand Justice, Indivisible, People for the American Way, Public Citizen, Stand Up America and over 80 other advocacy organizations sent a letter to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer yesterday afternoon calling on him to immediately bring voting rights legislation to the floor again, and not allow it to be blocked by the filibuster.

In June, all 50 Senate Democrats voted to begin debate on strong voting rights legislation while a minority of Senate Republicans used the filibuster to prevent the debate from even beginning. As people across the country learn more about the filibuster’s role in blocking voting rights and other democracy reforms, pressure will continue to increase on Senate Democrats to eliminate the outdated and abused “Jim Crow relic.”

For the full text of the letter, see here and below.

Majority Leader Schumer,

Thank you for your leadership in unifying the Democratic caucus behind the need to debate and pass voting rights legislation. A majority of the Senate is now on record supporting strong voting rights, passing campaign finance reform, and curbing partisan gerrymandering. The only thing standing in the way is the outdated and abused filibuster.

Protecting Americans’ voting rights and strengthening the fundamentals of our democracy should not be partisan issues. However, the unfortunate reality is that Senator McConnell and his colleagues think voter suppression and gerrymandering are good for their political party. They want to continue to use the filibuster as their preferred weapon to silence voters.

Republicans’ insistence on obstructing the majority’s will in the U.S. Senate is matched by their effort to suppress the people’s vote in state legislatures. As the Brennan Center for Justice notes, 14 states have enacted more than 20 laws this year that will make it harder for Americans to vote. The burden will disproportionately impact Black and brown voters. Together, it creates a dangerous moment for American democracy and Americans’ basic rights, one from which we may not return.

We agree with your repeated promise that “failure is not an option” when it comes to  voting rights. To ensure progress in the face of partisan obstruction, we, the undersigned organizations, urge you to hold another vote on voting rights legislation like the For The People Act before the August recess. Further delay risks a decade of Republican-controlled gerrymandering and Republican-controlled state voter suppression laws taking effect.

If, as expected, Senator McConnell and his Republican caucus again filibuster voting rights legislation – or once again filibuster simply allowing debate to begin – we urge you to move quickly to protect our democracy by eliminating the filibuster as a weapon that Senator McConnell can use to block voting rights legislation and other urgent reforms. The filibuster cannot be allowed to stand in the way of Americans’ voting rights and our democracy.

We thank you for your continued leadership and dedication to making progress for our country.


Fix Our Senate

Battle Born Collective

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

Common Cause

Demand Justice


People For the American Way

Public Citizen

Stand Up America

20/20 Vision

350 Eugene

Alliance for Justice

Alliance for Youth Action

America’s Voice

American Baptist Home Mission Societies

Be A Hero

Bend the Arc: Jewish Action

Black Voters Matter Fund

Blue Future

Blue Wave Postcard Movement

Broward for Progress

Campaign for America's Future

CBFD Indivisible San Diego

Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Citizens for Constitutional Integrity

Clean Elections Texas

Climate Hawks Vote

Communications Workers of America

Decode Democracy

DemCast USA

Democracy 21

Democracy Initiative

Demos Action

Disciples Center for Public Witness

Don't Look Away Pact

Dutchess County Progressive Action Alliance

Earth Action, Inc.

End Citizens United//Let America Vote Action Fund

Equal Citizens

Faith in Public Life Action Fund

Faithful America

Fix Democracy First

For All

Indivisible Auburn, CA

Indivisible East Bay

Indivisible Fortuna

Indivisible Georgia Coalition

Indivisible Marin

Indivisible Media City Burbank

Indivisible Napa

Indivisible Ross Valley

Indivisible Sonoma County

Lake Oconee Community Church

League of Conservation Voters

Mainers for Accountable Leadership

March for Our Lives National

Mid-Ohio Valley Climate Action



National Association of Social Workers

National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC)

National Employment Law Project

National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

Newtown Action Alliance

Ohio Progressive Action Leaders

Our Revolution

People's Action

Progress Arizona

Progressive Turnout Project

RepresentUs New Mexico

Rise Up WV

Secure Elections Network

Social Eco Education (SEE-LA)

Social Security Works

Solidarity Sundays - Marin

Southern Christian Coalition

Students Against Voter Suppression

Sunrise Movement


SURJ Marin - Showing Up for Racial Justice

Take Back the Court

The Workers Circle

Together We Will/Indivisible- Los Gatos


Venice Resistance

Voto Latino

We Testify

Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice

Women’s March

Writers for Democratic Action