Washington, D.C. – Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Subcommittee on Elections Chairman G. K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) issued the following statement today after Senate Republicans blocked consideration of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act:
“Once again, Senate Republicans are thwarting democracy and the freedom to vote for the American people. Since its original enactment in 1965, the Voting Rights Act has historically advanced with bipartisan support. The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act should be no exception. As States across this country race to create deliberate barriers to the ballot, Congress must respond with action, not endless obstruction.
“This critical piece of legislation will correct the wrongful decisions in Shelby County v. Holder and Brnovich v. DNC, restore the Voting Rights Act to its full strength, and prevent the spread of anti-voter laws taking hold across this country. Our friend and colleague, the late Congressman John Lewis, devoted his life to ensuring every American could have their voice heard and vote counted. It is time to restore democracy to the United States Senate and send this bill and the Freedom to Vote Act to the President’s desk so all Americans have an equal say in our nation’s future.”
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