Congressman Anthony Brown: The Senate’s Failure to Move Forward Voting Rights Legislation is a Setback for Our Democracy
“Those of us committed to this fight must continue to push for change. Too many have sacrificed too much for us to turn back now.”
Washington, January 20, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) released the following statement on the Senate’s failure to pass meaningful voting rights legislation:
“Generations have fought, marched, protested, and died to secure the right to vote for every American. The fundamental right to choose our leaders and hold them accountable is the cornerstone of our democracy and must be protected no matter where you live, what your background is, or what you believe in. For decades, both parties recognized that when we make it easier for Americans to vote, our democracy is strengthened and our government is able to better serve the people. However, Republicans in the Senate, House, and statehouses around the country have made clear their intention to disenfranchise those who may disagree with them. That is unacceptable and un-American.
“Yesterday, the Senate chose to protect the filibuster, a bureaucratic relic of the Jim Crow era which has been altered numerous times over our history, rather than protect Americans’ rights at the ballot box. We cannot rebuild our democracy or improve people's lives if those we serve don’t feel as though their voices are being heard.
“The Senate’s failure to move forward voting rights legislation is a setback for our democracy, but those of us committed to this fight must continue to push for change. Too many have sacrificed too much for us to turn back now.”