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July 13, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Mondaire Jones (NY-17) released the following statement ahead of President Joe Biden’s speech on voting rights:

“Our democracy is in crisis. We saw it when insurrectionists stormed the Capitol on January 6th. We saw it when, just hours later, two-thirds of my House Republican colleagues voted not to certify the presidential election. And we are seeing it all across the country as Republicans work to pass racist voter suppression laws like those already passed in Georgia, Florida, and Arizona. 

That is why, for months, I have been publicly calling on President Biden to use all of the resources at his disposal as the most powerful person on Earth to rally a handful of recalcitrant Senators of his own party to support getting rid of the filibuster to pass the urgent democracy reforms contained in the For the People Act.

Let me be clear: the time for words has long passed. Now is the time for action. It has been more than four months since the House passed the For the People Act, and it is as clear now as it was then that the Republican Party has no interest in protecting the right to vote. There is no bipartisan deal to be struck on voting rights.

If President Biden is serious about saving our ailing democracy, he will voice his support for, at the very least, reforming the filibuster to pass the For the People Act on a simple majority vote in the Senate. At this point, anything less is an insult to the voters, organizers, and activists who understand the dire stakes of this moment and are counting on him to act.”

Congressman Jones was the first member of Congress to publicly call for the President to do more to help pass the For the People Act, and is a leading proponent in Congress of abolishing the filibuster altogether:

  • “The filibuster is a Jim Crow relic that must be abolished. - @MondaireJones, 1/16/21
  • “Jones called for the end of the filibuster and called for Biden to continue to use executive action to address issues. ‘This moment is our generation’s Reconstruction. We have to get Reconstruction right this time around,’ Jones said.” - Politico, 1/28/21
  • “It will become untenable for [Biden] to not push for a repeal of the filibuster or at least reformation of the filibuster.” - HuffPost, 4/13/21
  • Op-Ed: The House of Democracy is on Fire. We Must Save It. - Democracy Docket, 6/9/21
  • “Our democracy is in crisis and we need @POTUS to act like it.” - @MondaireJones, 6/21/21
  • “As the most powerful person in the world [Biden] has all of the resources available to him to make a deal with a member of his own party, as it concerns the foundational task of saving our democracy.” - Politico, 6/23/21

About Mondaire: Mondaire Jones is the 34-year-old Congressman from New York’s 17th District, serving Westchester and Rockland Counties. He serves on the House Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ethics Committees and is the first openly gay, Black member of Congress. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University, worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Most recently, Mondaire worked as a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department. In November, Mondaire was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the Freshman Representative to Leadership, making him the youngest member of the Democratic House leadership team. In December, Jones was appointed a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and became a Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. Mondaire was born and raised in Rockland and resides in Westchester.