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Voting & Elections 12.6.2019

Common Cause Lauds Passage of Voting Rights Advancement Act, Urges Senate to Follow Suit

Our democracy can only be fulfilled when all eligible Americans have their votes counted and voices heard, and we commend the House of Representatives for passing the Voting Rights Advancement Act (HR 4) today to help stop voter suppression. Since the Supreme Court’s disastrous decision in Shelby County v. Holder gutted the Voting Rights Act, Americans have been systematically stripped of their ability to vote in numbers not seen since the Jim Crow era. Instead of poll taxes and literacy tests, modern day vote suppressors use poll closures, voter purges, and other devious tactics to silence Americans. The Voting Rights Advancement Act will help curb those abuses and hold states and municipalities accountable when they abuse the system to determine who is able to cast a ballot and who is not. To Majority Leader McConnell, we ask: why are you afraid of all Americans having their full right to vote?”

Media & Democracy 12.5.2019

FCC's $9B Rural 5G Fund Insufficient; Hides Poor State of Broadband Deployment

Yesterday, the FCC announced a plan to launch a $9 billion 5G fund for rural America. The plan would allocate funding from the FCC's Universal Service Fund to support carriers deploying 5G wireless networks in rural areas. The plan would also terminate the FCC's current mechanism to fund 4G deployment after the agency found several carriers had significantly overstated their actual coverage and misrepresented the actual on-the-ground experience of their users.

Voting & Elections 12.5.2019

Common Cause Urges U.S. House Members to Pass Voting Rights Advancement Act

With a floor vote expected Friday, Common Cause and it’s 1.2 million members are strongly urging every member of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote “yes” on the Voting Rights Advancement Act (HR 4). In a letter to House Members, Common Cause emphasized the critical importance of updating the protections of the Voting Rights Act after the landmark legislation was gutted by a highly controversial U.S. Supreme Court decision in Shelby County v. Holder.

Trump & GOP Can’t Both Obstruct Impeachment Inquiry and Call it a “Witch Trial”

President Trump and his GOP apologists don’t get to have their cake and eat it too. After months of doing everything in their power to obstruct any investigation of presidential misconduct – particularly related to President Trump’s efforts to coerce and bribe the President of Ukraine to launch an investigation of his Democratic rival Joe Biden and his son – it is laughable that they are now trying to dismiss the process as a ‘witch hunt.”

Statement of Karen Hobert Flynn, Common Cause President

Every American should be grateful for the life of William Ruckelhaus, who personified the rule of law by refusing President Nixon’s order to fire Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox.


Common Cause Calls for Impeachment & Removal of President Donald J. Trump

For nearly 50 years, Common Cause has been a nonpartisan advocacy organization strengthening the people’s voice in our democracy as well a good government watchdog highlighting the abuses of power by Republicans and Democrats alike. For the first time in its history, Common Cause is calling for the impeachment and removal from office of a sitting president. Common Cause documents its historic call in a new report recommending nine articles of impeachment against President Trump and the facts that support the articles.

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