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Progressive groups urge Feinstein to back filibuster carve out for voting rights or resign

Added 11-23-21 11:57:02am EST - “A coalition of nearly 70 California progressive grassroots groups urged Sen.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Progressive groups urge Feinstein to back filibuster carve out for voting rights or resign”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A coalition of nearly 70 California progressive grassroots groups urged Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall Five faces from the media who became political candidates US moving forward with stealth fighter sales to UAE, official says MORE (Calif.) either to call for the "swift passage" of both the Freedom to Vote Act and the John LewisJohn LewisJeffries says 'integrity of our democracy' at stake without federal voting rights legislation Stacey Abrams says she's focused on voting rights legislation when asked about possible White House bid Congress barrels toward end-of-year pileup MORE Voting Rights Advancement Act by the end of this month or to resign.

In a letter released on Tuesday, the 69 civic and environmental groups asked that Feinstein call for the two progressive pieces of legislation to be passed and express her willingness to "abolish or create an exception to the filibuster" in order to get them through the Senate.

"If you are unwilling to take these steps to protect our democracy, we ask that you resign and allow Governor Newsom to appoint a successor who is willing and able to fight for the survival of our country," they wrote.

Feinstein has previously publicly expressed her support for both the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

 “Voting is the foundation of our democracy. The Freedom to Vote Act would preserve the integrity of our elections by ensuring every person has equal access to the ballot," Feinstein said in an October statement. "Congress should be working to make it easier, not harder, for eligible voters to access and cast their ballots. Every senator should want to protect the right to vote and the sanctity of our elections.”

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