Patrick Rodenbush

Statement from Eric Holder on Rules Committee
Markup of the For the People Act

Washington, D.C. — Eric H. Holder, Jr., the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, released the following statement regarding the Rules Committee markup of S. 1, also known as the For the People Act: 

“For far too long, our political system has been corrupted by wealthy special interests and partisan politicians who care more about holding onto power than serving their constituents. The rot in our democracy has only grown worse in recent months with state and local politicians pushing forward efforts to curtail voting rights under the false pretense of election fraud. The For the People Act is the right bill at the right time to shore up our democracy. By rooting out dark money and tackling corruption, protecting the freedom to vote and ending the gerrymandering of congressional districts, this bill will help rebalance our political system so that the American people have the power to decide our elections and shape the future of our country. 

“As is always the case, the opponents of reform are the powerful who benefit from the broken status quo. As we have seen in the hearing today, Mitch McConnell and his Republican colleagues will oppose any reform that loosens their grip on power or inhibits their ability to raise money from wealthy special interests. Their opposition to a bill that would create a level playing field for voters in our political system reveals this simple truth: Republicans are scared of the very people they claim they want to represent. 

“Today’s committee markup of the For the People Act marks an important step in moving the bill forward to a vote in the full Senate. I’m grateful for Senator Amy Klobuchar’s leadership as chair of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee and her steadfast commitment to giving power back to the people, where it belongs.”