2021 Recent Vote
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) sponsored S. 1, the For the People Act, a sweeping democracy reform bill that would address a range of threats to our democracy by expanding voting rights, strengthening ethics reforms, and reducing the influence of money in our elections. Everyone’s right to be heard and counted in the political process is essential to the function of our democracy, and protection of our environment, and far too often it is people of color and frontline communities who are targeted by restrictive voting laws and partisan gerrymandering. By ensuring that voters have access to the ballot box and their voices are not drowned out by outsized corporate interests, the people will be better equipped to hold politicians accountable and accomplish meaningful climate action. On June 22, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on S. 1 by a vote of 50-50 (60 vote threshold; Senate roll call vote 246). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.