November 3, 2021

Whitehouse Condemns Republican Blockade of John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

Washington, DC – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, released the following statement today on Senate Republicans’ refusal to advance the bipartisan John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021:

“From the Edmund Pettus Bridge to the halls of Congress, John Lewis devoted his life to defending the most fundamental of American rights—the vote. The Senate could have moved today to consider bipartisan legislation to carry forward Congressman Lewis’s legacy and restore the vital voting protections the Supreme Court has struck down. Instead, Senate Republicans blocked it. It’s time for the Republican Party to decide: protect the foundation of our democracy in the right to vote, or side with the right-wing donors fueling voter suppression efforts in state houses and at the Supreme Court.”

“This fight isn’t over. Republican obstruction cannot and will not get in the way of protecting our democracy.”

Rich Davidson (202) 228-6291 (press office)

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