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Washington D.C. — Today, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) joined Martin Luther King III and his family in Washington D.C. as they marched across the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge for the annual D.C. Peace Walk. She then spoke at a “Deliver for Voting Rights” rally with the King family, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Joyce Beatty, and others to call on the Senate to reform its rules and pass the Freedom to Vote Act and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. A vote on these bills is expected in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

Footage of the Congresswoman’s speech is available here.

Photos of the D.C. Peace Walk are available here.

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Rep. Terri Sewell is the author and lead sponsor of H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore the full protections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 after it was gutted by the Supreme Court in 2013. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus. On August 24, 2021, H.R. 4 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 219-213. On November 3, 2021, it failed in the Senate after nearly every Senate Republican voted to block debate on the bill. In the absence of robust Republican support, Congresswoman Sewell has led her colleagues in calling on the Senate to reform its rules and pass H.R. 4.