Statement from NDRC on the Introduction of the
For the People Act in the Senate
Washington, D.C. — Today Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senator Jeff Merkley, and Senator Amy Klobuchar introduced S. 1, the companion bill to H.R. 1, also known as the For the People Act. The bill contains the largest set of democracy reforms in decades, including reforms that will end congressional partisan gerrymandering.
“We’re facing an all-out assault on voting rights in state legislatures across the country, and this bill will help protect our democracy by banning partisan gerrymandering, protecting the right to vote, and returning power back to the people where it belongs,” said Kelly Ward Burton, President of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. “We’re grateful for the leadership of Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer in making the For the People Act a top priority for their chambers. The National Democratic Redistricting Committee and our affiliate organizations are committed to helping get this bill through the Senate as quickly as possible and onto President Biden’s desk so he can sign it into law.”
On Monday, the NDRC announced a historic $30 million campaign with End Citizens United // Let America Vote to pass the For the People Act. The effort will target key states through advertising and grassroots activation to put pressure on the Senate to pass the bill — and make it clear that failure is not an option.
Among other key provisions that expand access to the ballot box and limit campaign spending by special interests, the For the People Act will institute critical redistricting reforms that will make the process of congressional redistricting more fair. These reforms include outlawing partisan gerrymandering, requiring states to use independent commissions to draw congressional district lines, and strengthening protections for communities of color.