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The Senators made their choice. Now let’s make ours.

Let's make sure we got the math right: two Democrats, representing fewer than 10 million Americans, completely derailed our landmark voter protection legislation thanks to their complicity in keeping alive the awful U.S. Senate filibuster rules.

Again: given the choice between protecting millions of Americans' fundamental right to vote and protecting Mitch McConnell's power to grind our democracy to a halt on a whim, they chose to protect McConnell.

This whole situation is both maddening and absurd. And we need to be explicit in calling out Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin.

They have decided that arcane U.S. Senate filibuster rules, designed to empower obstruction in service of white supremacy, are more important than the integrity of our elections.

I don't give a damn about whatever politicians say on the campaign trail; their actions once they represent their voters tell us everything we need to know.

In this case, the Senators for Arizona and West Virginia – and every Senate Republican – have shown us they are unwilling to protect our democracy from the very real threats it faces.

Many of us are rightly disappointed, but we must channel that disappointment into wins in 2022 – so we're never put in this position again, where our country's basic guarantees are held hostage by craven politicians.

Keep up the pressure and the fight. It's more critical now than ever.


Posted on January 21, 2022.

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Jim McGovern represents the 2nd District of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has earned a national reputation as a tireless advocate for his district and as a champion for food security, human rights, campaign finance reform, social justice and peace.

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