House passes John Lewis voting rights bill that's set to stall in Senate

The House on Tuesday passed voting rights legislation named for the late Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a party-line vote that underscores the bill’s nearly impassable upward climb in the Senate.
Safeguarding voting rights is a top issue for Democrats, whose signature election reform measure has all but stalled out after Senate Republicans filibustered the sweeping bill in June. But most Republicans also oppose the more targeted Lewis-named legislation, which would restore key provisions of the Voting Rights Act that were struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013.
Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Ala.), the bill’s lead sponsor, said lawmakers had a “moral obligation” to combat voting restrictions by passing the legislation.
“Old battles have indeed become new again,” she said. “While literacy tests and poll taxes no longer exist, certain states and local jurisdictions have passed laws that are modern-day barriers to voting. As long as voter suppression exists, the need

Politico News - Congress
By Nicholas Wu

Related Posts

Senate to offer bipartisa...

Young remains on Indiana ...

Ryan: Clinton’s handlin...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


CommentLuv badge