Office of United States Representative Sharice Davids (D-KS-03)
Representative Sharice Davids offered the following statement on the Senate Rules Committee markup of S.1., the For the People Act:
“The House passed the For the People Act months ago. In the time since, several states — including Kansas — have passed bills that restrict access to the ballot box, particularly for communities of color. Dark money has continued to flow into our system unrestricted and unchecked. As these reforms sit in the Senate, the urgent need to pass them has grown significantly.
The Senate Rules Committee markup May 11 was just the first step. I am disappointed that Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans resorted to misinformation and obstruction, especially because their actions do not reflect the will of their constituents. People don’t want billionaires to buy their elections or partisan processes to erase their voice—regardless of who they voted for.
Yesterday, I joined 39 of my colleagues in the House in urging the Senate to act on this legislation, especially now that the committee has completed its work. I ran on the promise to make Washington work for Kansas, and I intend to make good on that promise by supporting the passage of these pro-democracy, anti-corruption measures.”