We blew past the deadline for democracy. So now what?

  1. What can legislation actually accomplish now? Having missed this deadline, what is possible through federal democracy legislation? Is it too late to do any good?
  2. Who do we have to win over? Another way to ask this is: which decision-makers worked publicly or behind the scenes against us getting S. 1 done before the August recess?
  3. How can we help? What can we as individuals and local Indivisible groups actually do in the coming weeks to increase our odds of winning this legislative fight?

What can legislation actually accomplish now?

Short version: The gerrymandering provisions are weaker, but we still have the opportunity to pass this bill to expand voting rights, get money out of politics, protect elections, and beat back GOP voter suppression countrywide.

  • All Democrats voted in favor of bringing the For the People Act to the floor for consideration. Majority Leader Schumer asked for Unanimous Consent to proceed to debate. Republicans blocked it.
  • Schumer asked for Unanimous Consent to consider a standalone campaign finance transparency bill. Republicans blocked it.
  • Schumer asked for Unanimous Consent to consider a standalone anti-gerrymandering bill. Republicans blocked it.
  • Following these votes, Schumer committed to bringing S. 1 back up as soon as the Senate comes back from recess in September.

Who do we have to win over?

Short version: Sinema and Manchin are only partly to blame for this delay. Carper, Coons, and possibly others should all be on your list. And President Biden should top your list — we need him to get in the game.

How can we help?

Summary: Local pressure has gotten us this far. To get us to the finish line, we have to get creative about convincing key decision-makers to switch to our side.

  1. Filibuster reform and S. 1 are still winnable fights, even if the Senate’s failure to get this done before August recess has real consequences that we can’t avoid.
  2. There are a set of senators who we need to get on our side, and we may not be able to win this unless Joe Biden throws his full weight into this fight.
  3. Politicians move when pushed, and it’s our job to push them.

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