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October 20, 2021

“Our time to save our democracy is running out. If President Biden cares about this as much as he professes to, he needs to act now, before it’s too late.”

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) released the following statement after the Senate failed to advance the Freedom to Vote Act:

“Our democracy is in crisis. As Republicans in Washington and across the country continue their quest to undermine the right to vote and subvert free and fair elections, this crisis grows more dire by the hour.

While far from a perfect bill, the Freedom to Vote Act represents our single-best chance to end this crisis and rescue our ailing democracy — and very possibly our last. By establishing automatic and same-day voter registration, banning partisan gerrymandering, and creating an opt-in system of small-donor matching of campaign contributions, its passage would represent the most significant action to protect every American’s fundamental right to make their voice heard in our democracy since the passage of the original Voting Rights Act. I am especially proud that this bill includes the Right to Vote Act, which would secure the first-ever affirmative right to vote in our history.

But as today’s failed procedural vote makes all too clear, the contents of this bill mean nothing if the Senate fails to make an exception to the Jim Crow filibuster, which is blocking progress on this and so many other issues of critical importance. Despite what some conservative Democrats have suggested, it has been obvious for months that there are not any Republican Senators, let alone ten, willing to put country before party and protect the right to vote.

The only way to get this legislation onto President Biden’s desk is to, at the very least, create an exception to the filibuster for voting rights, something I have been calling for all year. Earlier this year, I became the first member of Congress to publicly call on the President to support filibuster reform. Today, I reiterate the call I have been making for months for President Biden to finally engage in this fight in a meaningful way by doing precisely that. 

Our time to save our democracy is running out. If President Biden cares about this as much as he professes to, he needs to act now, before it’s too late.”

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.