Congresswoman Scanlon Celebrates House Passage of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act
Washington, D.C., August 24, 2021
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon (PA-05) today issued the following statement regarding the passage of H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, by the U.S. House of Representatives:
“With today’s passage of the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, the promise of democracy is kept alive.
“Since the founding of our country, our quest for a more perfect union has featured measures to expand, rather than contract, the right to vote. In 1965, activists — including a young John Lewis — gave their blood, sweat, and tears to ensure passage of the original Voting Rights Act (VRA). For decades, the VRA enjoyed broad bipartisan support, but with the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in Shelby County v. Holder, the door was opened for an onslaught of anti-democratic voter suppression laws that have since been passed in state legislatures across the country.
“In 2021, the assault on voting rights continues — inspired by corrupt and cynical efforts to undermine the will of American voters and hold on to power, no matter the costs. We must reinforce our democratic system against these new threats, because it won’t hold forever. This is precisely why we need the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act.
“There is nothing more sacred in our democracy than the freedom to vote, and we must do everything in our power to protect that freedom. I applaud my House colleagues for supporting H.R. 4 today, and I urge the Senate to act with similar urgency so the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act can become law.”
Congresswoman Scanlon also addressed the need for H.R. 4 on the House floor today. View her remarks.
The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act:
After passing today in the House, H.R. 4 will now go to the Senate for consideration.