January 19, 2022

Van Hollen Statement on Voting Rights Legislation, Filibuster Reform

Today, U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) released the following statement regarding the future of voting rights legislation and filibuster reform in the United States Senate:

“While I’m deeply disappointed, tonight’s vote is not the end of this fight. We will redouble our efforts and push forward. As my colleague Senator Warnock said tonight on the Senate floor, just as John Lewis ultimately persevered in the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge – we will keep fighting until we get across this voting rights bridge.

“Tonight, every single Democrat was united in our effort to pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to protect Americans’ access to the ballot box and to confront the poison of Trump’s Big Lie that has fueled Republican state legislatures across our nation to erect barriers to voting. Every single Republican stood in opposition. While our effort to change the Senate rules – an effort that I believe is fundamental to our democracy and a functioning Senate – did not pass, we must remain steadfast in this pursuit.

“The fight goes on.”