August 24, 2021

Congressman Neguse Leads Passage of John Lewis Voting Rights Act, Urges Constitutional Carve-Out in the Senate for Immediate Consideration

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman Joe Neguse helped secure passage of the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act through the U.S. House of Representatives. Neguse has been pushing for a vote on the legislation for several months. Today he led the floor debate for the provision. This critical legislation would restore key protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) which were gutted by the Supreme Court in the 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision and more recently in the 2021 Brnovich v. DNC decision. The bill aims to protect voters from discrimination by restoring and strengthening the protections of the VRA. 

View Neguse’s remarks on the floor HERE. View his remarks in the House Rules Committee HERE.

The Congressman issued the below statement on passage of the bill: 

“Today, as we witness the most coordinated state-level effort in generations to restrict the right to vote, the U.S. Congress is taking clear, decisive action to restore and protect voting rights and combat rampant voter suppression tactics” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “Generations of brave, patriotic Americans have fought, marched, and shed blood to safeguard and expand the right to vote. Today, we honor their legacy as we fulfill our duty to the constitution and to our democracy and secure access to the ballot box. With our duty in the House fulfilled, it is absolutely vital that the Senate immediately consider a constitutional carve-out to the filibuster and bring this bill up for a vote, so we can finish this urgent work to protect this sacred democratic right.”