WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chairwoman of the Committee on Rules and Administration with oversight over federal elections and campaign finance law, issued the statement below following a meeting with Texas Democrats who left the state to deny a quorum ahead of expected votes on legislation that would make it more difficult for Texans to vote:

“These Texas legislators are here in Washington as freedom fighters. The great lengths they are taking to stop legislation that would limit the freedom to vote from advancing in their state underscores the importance of passing reforms to set basic national standards to make sure all Americans can cast their ballots in the way that works best for them, regardless of what state or zip code they live in.

“The Constitution gives Congress the power to ‘make or alter’ laws governing federal elections, and when you have a concerted effort across the country to limit the freedom to vote, it calls for a federal response. We’re in this fight together, and now, we must get critical voting, ethics, and campaign finance reforms passed in the Senate.”

# # #