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House Passes Major Voting Rights Measure
The House voted to restore federal oversight of state election laws, a key part of Democrats’ efforts to strengthen the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and combat voting restrictions in Republican-led states. It faces steep Republican opposition in the Senate.
What a historic day in the United States Capitol, we are so happy. [applause] To pass the John Robert Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. What a historic moment, not just for us in the Capitol, but really for the people. It is about restoring the voices of the excluded, the vote. I want to thank all of you for being here as we celebrate this historic milestone in our fight to protect the right to vote for all Americans. Fifty-six years ago on Bloody Sunday, ordinary Americans made extraordinary sacrifices to hold our nation accountable to its highest ideals of justice and equality for all. There on the Edmund Pettus Bridge that looms large over my hometown of Selma, Alabama, many brave foot soldiers, like our beloved colleague John Lewis, Amelia Boynton Robinson and so many others, fought, bled and died for our sacred right, that fundamental right to vote. As direct beneficiaries of their legacy, we have been singularly focused on ensuring that their contributions to this nation will live on.
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