Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

ThinkProgress: Republican Leaders Refuse To Support Democrats’ Move To Address Voter Suppression

Nov 3, 2015
In The News

Exactly one year before the 2016 presidential election, House Democrats held a press conference to call for the passage of the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which so far has no House Republican support. At the same time on Tuesday, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) held his first press conference since his election to GOP leadership in which he called for more bipartisanship in “the people’s House.”

Standing alongside Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) expressed a similar sentiment. “We’re not afraid of having an idea, but more importantly we strive for finding a solution to a major problem,” he said.

Meanwhile, Rep. Terri Sewell (D-AL), whose district includes Selma, Alabama, spoke in the Democrats’ press conference about the legislation she introduced this year to restore federal oversight in states and counties with a history of discrimination and voter suppression. That provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013.

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