Atlanta, GA — Today, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) will join President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in Atlanta, Georgia, as they deliver remarks about the need to protect the constitutional right to vote and the integrity of our elections from corrupt attempts to strip law-abiding citizens of their fundamental freedoms and allow partisan state officials to undermine vote counting processes. Rep. Sewell released the following statement ahead of the President’s address:
“When it comes to protecting the sacred right to vote, the time for talk is over and the time for action is NOW. That is why leadership from the very top is needed now more than ever. I am thrilled that President Biden and Vice President Harris made voting rights their top priority and I am proud to stand with them in Atlanta today. I will listen closely as the President lays out his plan of action to pass H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, and I look forward to seeing urgent and immediate action on this critical legislation. The legacy of John Lewis and the Foot Soldiers demands nothing less.”
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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.