Updated Press Release: Franciscans see measure of success in today’s SJ Res. 19 Vote

Updated Press Release: Franciscans see measure of success in today’s SJ Res. 19 Vote

A yes vote from a simple majority of Senators shows hope in overturning Citizens United

Released: Sept. 11, 2014


Jason Miller

Director of Campaigns, Franciscan Action Network

202-527-7568 (w), 419-266-2030 (c), jmiller@franciscanaction.org


Washington, D.C.—For the past year, FAN has led an interfaith coalition working on the issue of money in politics, trying to get to the root of the inability of Congress to pass meaningful legislation on immigration, the environment, or gun violence prevention. Oftentimes in advocacy work, it is difficult to measure success, but today was a victory.

Today’s 54-42 vote on the Udall Amendment, SJ Res. 19 which would have helped remove the roadblock of unlimited, anonymous campaign contributions instituted by the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, shows that progress is being made to give democracy back to the people.

Each American’s vote should count equally, but unchecked and unlimited campaign contributions drown out the voices of the many in favor of the few. A majority of Americans recognize this as a problem that our country faces, and so do a majority in the United States’ Senate. While the measure did not get enough votes to pass, FAN appreciates that a simple majority of Senators voted in favor of SJ Res. 19 and will continue to work to ensure that each American has their voice heard equally.

Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus, and the example of Saints Francis and Clare, the Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is a collective Franciscan voice seeking to transform United States public policy related to peace making, care for creation, poverty, and human rights.

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Click here to view the original press release before the vote was cast.