The For the People Act, S.1, was introduced in the U.S. Senate on March 17th. It is scheduled to have its first hearing in the Senate Rules Committee on March 24th. You can watch a recording of that hearing HERE. There are more hurdles to get this historic bill passed through the U.S. Senate, especially due to the filibuster.
HR 1, the For the People Act, has already passed the U.S. House of Representatives on March 3rd.
HAPPENING April 5-9, 2021:
The Declaration for American Democracy coalition will celebrate the week of April 5th - April 9th as the For the People Week of Action with a series of activist mobilizations and events to mark the introduction of S1 and to demonstrate broad public support for these reforms. RSVP to Attend & Receive Updates HERE!
Events for the week of action include:
PLEASE TAKE ACTION
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Check out the Brennan Center's Annotated Guide to the For the People Act.
Clean & Fair Elections
Addresses Money in Elections
To learn more about the bill, check out Brennan Center's Annotated Guide to the For the People Act HERE!
Legislator & Staff Information
Committee & Bill Information
Submitting Written Testimony
How to Register to Testify Remotely
Additional Information About Testifying
Check The Schedule
Check the legislative website to know when a bill is scheduled to be heard. Be advised, schedules can change quickly, especially in the final days of a legislative session. You can also contact the legislative staff of the bill's prime sponsor to get an idea of when the bill might be heard in committee for public comment.
Know the Process and Players
Before testifying, know who is sponsoring the bill, who supports or opposes the bill and why. Be familiar with the committee chairs, committee members, and legislative staff. You may also let the sponsor of the bill or key legislators know beforehand you are testifying on the bill, especially if you are representing a group or organization. They may have specific points they want you to focus on.
Know the Purpose of Your Testimony
Understand why you are testifying. Are you there to persuade, dissuade, provide expertise, or delay action on a bill? Know how to separate out the important points of your testimony to ensure they are heard. Personal stories are a good way to illustrate your testimony and can make the biggest impact on committee members.
Essential Components of Your Testimony
Build Strategic Coalitions with "Likely Voters"
Do Your Research
Schedule Your Meeting
Be Polite, Professional and On Time
Introduce Yourself as a Constituent Who Votes
Making Your Ask & Providing Materials
Other Important Tips and Follow Up