U.S. House Passes John. R. Lewis Voting Rights Act
‘A Giant Step Toward Restoring Key Voter Protections Nationwide,’ Says HCDP Chair
The House of Representatives today voted to pass HR4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act — legislation designed to restore voter protections that were gutted by a Supreme Court decision in 2013 drastically weakening the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The bill now heads to the U.S. Senate.
HCDP Chair Odus Evbagharu made this statement following the announcement:
“In passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, the House of Representatives has taken a giant step toward restoring key voter protections nationwide.
“This is critically needed legislation that will help protect all of us from aggressive, state-level efforts by the GOP to restrict our right to vote.
“Earlier this month, when our Texas Democrats left the state, they helped draw attention to the threats to democracy we have been seeing. Texas Republicans continue to push their voter suppression agenda, chipping away at any protections we have. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act will restore and strengthen the protections we need to safeguard our right to vote.
“We desperately urge the U.S. Senate to do its job and send this impactful piece of legislation to President Biden so it can be made law.”
For Immediate Release
Aug. 24, 2021
Contact: Elisa Rochford