Progressive groups urge Feinstein to back filibuster for voting rights or resign

A coalition of nearly 70 progressive grassroots groups from California urged Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel Feinstein Senators call for Smithsonian museums for Latina women to be built on the National Mall Five faces of the media who became political candidates US advances with sales of poaching fighters to the United Arab Emirates, says a official MORE (California) or ask for the “speedy approval” of the Freedom of Voting Act and the John lewisJohn LewisJeffries says the ‘integrity of our democracy’ is at stake without federal voting rights legislation Stacey Abrams says she focused on voting rights legislation when asked about a possible White House offer to that Congress moves closer to a year-end crash MORE Voting Rights Promotion Law by the end of this month or to resign.

In a letter published Tuesday, the 69 civic and environmental groups asked Feinstein to call for the two progressive laws to be passed and to express his willingness to “abolish or create an exception to obstructionism” for them to pass through the Senate. .

“If you are unwilling to take these steps to protect our democracy, we ask that you resign and allow Governor Newsom to appoint a successor who is willing and able to fight for the survival of our country,” they wrote.

Feinstein has previously publicly expressed support for both the Freedom of Voting Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Promotion Act.

‚ÄúVoting is the foundation of our democracy. The Freedom to Vote Act would preserve the integrity of our elections by ensuring that all people have equal access to the ballot, “Feinstein said in October. statement. “Congress should work to make it easier, not more difficult, for eligible voters to gain access and cast their votes. Every senator should want to protect the right to vote and the sanctity of our elections.”

Feinstein has also previously suggested that she would be willing to return to a talking filibuster as President BidenJoe BidenRittenhouse says Biden defamed his character when he linked him to white supremacists Man charged with threatening Congress sentenced to 19 months in prison 91 House Democrats ask Senate to expand immigration protections in the U.S. bill Biden expenses PLUS he had said earlier this year, saying he was not in favor of political parties “abusing obstructionism.”

The groups expressed appreciation for Feinstein’s public support for the two bills, but warned that Republican lawmakers across the country were swiftly passing laws cracking down on voters and “give Republicans the ability to reject election results they don’t like. “

“We recognize that the passage of these bills that save democracy will require the votes of all fifty Democratic senators. We realize that those votes cannot be cast, nor is the process to move the bills forward controlled. But you do. he has a voice, “he added. the groups wrote.

“You are the highest-ranking Democrat in the Senate, with a long and admirable record of achievement, whose voice carries weight with the public and with conservative Democratic senators. We implore you not to let our nation’s democracy die without even a fight. “.

The Hill has contacted Feinstein’s office for comment.

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