Cicilline Statement on House Passage of John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 4, The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, a bill that restores the power of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

 “There is nothing more sacred in our country than the right to vote. My late friend and colleague, John Lewis, nearly lost his life fighting for that right on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965. Today, the House took action to ensure that the right to vote can never be taken away from anyone because of how they look or where they live. Instead, we should be making it easier for Americans to vote, not more difficult, like state lawmakers are trying to do in 49 states across the country, including Rhode Island. The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act will make it harder for politicians, who are hellbent on taking the right to vote away from people, from succeeding in disenfranchising Americans and suppressing the vote. As we pass H.R. 4 and send it to the Senate, the Senate also must pass H.R. 1, the For the People Act to help secure our democracy by ending voter suppression, banning the scourge of partisan gerrymandering, and stemming the torrent of dark money flooding our elections.”

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