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Today, the Senate held a procedural vote on the Freedom to Vote Act, a transformative pro-voter bill with the power to make our democracy more inclusive and representative by protecting the freedom to vote, stopping election sabotage, prohibiting partisan gerrymandering, and ending the dominance of big money in politics. If passed into law, this bill would represent one of the most significant developments in U.S. voting rights history.

While all Senate Democrats voted to advance the legislation, Senate Republicans chose to block a public debate from even beginning. 

Brent J. Cohen, the executive director of Generation Progress, issued the following statement on this news:

“Millennials and Generation Z stand to be disproportionately excluded from the voting process as a result of the massive spate of restrictive anti-voter laws that have been introduced and passed at the state level since the 2020 presidential election. It is essential that Congress pass federal legislation to protect our voting rights. Senate Republicans’ refusal to even consider this legislation in a public floor debate is shameful and an affront to the basic principles of American democracy. 

Recognizing the urgent need to protect the political representation and participation of young Americans, Generation Progress urges the Senate to take the action necessary to overcome the filibuster and pass the Freedom to Vote Act immediately.” 

For more information or to speak with an expert, please contact eleach@americanprogress.org.

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