After being pressured to speak out against a new voting bill in Texas, American Airlines has issued a statement.
They are “are strongly opposed to” the bill that passed the Texas Senate, which they say limits the ability of people to exercise their right to vote. They do not mention any specific provisions of the bill, or suggest whom they think will be unable to vote. And despite a strong statement of opposition, offer a milquetoast nod to good people on both sides,
We acknowledge how difficult this is for many who have fought to secure and exercise their constitutional right to vote. Any legislation dealing with how elections are conducted must ensure ballot integrity and security while making it easier to vote, not harder.
Boy, you have to think the folks in Skyview 8 are wishing Delta hadn’t opened their mouths about Georgia’s voting law, then they wouldn’t be called on to offer platitudes. American’s statement doesn’t explain what the bill actually does, or why it reaches the level of requiring a statement.
Here’s American’s full statement,
Earlier this morning, the Texas State Senate passed legislation with provisions that limit voting access. To make American’s stance clear: We are strongly opposed to this bill and others like it. As a Texas-based business, we must stand up for the rights of our team members and customers who call Texas home, and honor the sacrifices made by generations of Americans to protect and expand the right to vote.
Voting is the hallmark of our democracy, and is the foundation of our great country. We value the democratic process and believe every eligible American should be allowed to exercise their right to vote, no matter which political party or candidate they support.
We acknowledge how difficult this is for many who have fought to secure and exercise their constitutional right to vote. Any legislation dealing with how elections are conducted must ensure ballot integrity and security while making it easier to vote, not harder. At American, we believe we should break down barriers to diversity, equity and inclusion in our society – not create them.
And while Delta was clear that they lobbied on the bill, American doesn’t say one way or another whether they’ll be lobbying the Texas legislature on this issue – or if they wish it would just go away.