Gallego Applauds President Biden’s Backing of Filibuster Reform
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-07) released the following statement on President Biden’s declaration that he supports creating an exception to Senate filibuster rules in order to pass voting rights legislation.
“Today President Biden joined a growing movement of House and Senate Democrats in articulating a simple fact: we cannot let a Jim-Crow era Senate procedure stop us from passing legislation to protect our democracy and secure the voting rights of all Americans.
All across America, including in my home state of Arizona, state legislatures and Republican political operatives are hell-bent on rigging the voting system to disenfranchise voters and worsen barriers that for too long have prevented Black, Latino, Native American, and AAPI voters from casting their ballots. Many are still today engaged in efforts to further the Big Lie and overturn the last election – or make it easier to undermine the next one.
That is why we must act now to abolish the filibuster and pass the reforms that will protect our republic. I call on the Senate to take the President’s words to heart and do whatever it takes to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. It’s what must be done For the People.”
Rep. Ruben Gallego is a Marine Corps combat veteran who served in Iraq. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Natural Resources Committee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.