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For the People

Vicki Ryder: Have you heard the awful news? Our Democracy’s bein’ abused. Our Reps have passed Bill HR 1 But all their work is bein’ undone. This bill to keep our voting fair Isn’t going anywhere...

The ‘For The People Act’ of 2019 (aka HR1) is a Bill passed by the United States House of Representatives in March 2019 to “expand voting rights, limit partisan gerrymandering, strengthen ethics rules, and limit the influence of private donor money in politics.” Since then, it has languished on the desk of Mitch McConnell, who refuses to bring it to the Senate Floor for a vote. With this song, the Raging Grannies of North Carolina get a jump on the holiday season, saying “the best gift we could receive would be the Passage of HR1.”

for the people

For the People
(Tune: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!”)
Lyrics © by Vicki Ryder for the Raging Grannies (2019)

Have you heard the awful news?
Our Democracy’s bein’ abused.
Our Reps have passed Bill HR 1
But all their work is bein’ undone.
This bill to keep our voting fair
Isn’t going anywhere...
For the People we all say:
Let the Senate vote today!
Stand together, everyone;
And demand the release of HR1.

It’s called the ‘For the People Act’
Passed in the House now eight months back,
But it’s sittin’ on McConnell’s desk
And he won’t put it to the test.
He’s afraid of the people’s vote
And the fair reforms that they’d promote.
For the People we all say:
Let the Senate vote today!
Stand together, everyone;
And demand the release of HR1.

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Expansion of our voting rights
Is what we’re fighting for today.
Fair elections! No exceptions!
Pass that Bill without delay!
Get money out of our elections;
Bring ethics back for our protection.
For the People we all say:
Let the Senate vote today!
Stand together, everyone;
And demand the release of HR1.
Yes, stand together, everyone;
And demand the release of HR1.

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