Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) pushed for the John Lewis Voting Rights Act recently passed in the House of Representatives to be approved by the Senate, citing Selma’s civil rights history in her remarks.
Sewell spoke on Thursday, Jan. 13, about the legislation she introduced, as well as the Freedom to Vote Act, which would change some election policies, such as mail-in voting.
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In his remarks to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Sewell said the following:
Mr President, as you know, the right to vote is personal to me. It was in my hometown in 1965 on a bridge in Selma, Alabama, where John Lewis and the foot soldiers shed blood for equal suffrage for all Americans.
Fifty-six years later, old battles have become new again as state legislatures erect direct barriers at the polls. 400 bills introduced. Thirty-four spent in nineteen states.
Once again, our nation is at an inflection point. Today the House of Representatives will again send the vote to the Senate and this MUST pass, Mr. President.
I implore our Senators: Do what is right! You have changed your rules 150 times, the last time to increase the debt limit. If you can protect America’s faith and credit, surely you can protect democracy.
It is now. What we need is courage.
As we prepare to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, let us remember that justice delayed can be justice denied.
Senators, we need your leadership. We need it now.