Press Release ● Voting Rights
For Immediate Release: 
February 26, 2019
Contact Info: 
Annaliese Davis 202-225-4131
WASHINGTON, DC – On the eve of the 54th anniversary of the first Selma to Montgomery voting rights march, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) joined House and Senate Democrats at a press conference this afternoon to introduce H.R. 4, The Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA). Below are excerpts of his remarks:

"[Justice] Ruth Bader Ginsberg in the Shelby v. Holder case said that the Majority’s opinion was like having an umbrella, and because they weren’t getting wet, they took it down. And then a whole lot of folks got wet, real quick. They got rained upon by the exclusionary actions in North Carolina, in Texas, in other states.

"This bill is about redeeming the promise that was made by Lyndon Johnson and the Congress of the United States in August of 1965 as a direct result of John Lewis almost losing his life along with 599 other people walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. To do what? To go to Montgomery, Alabama. To do what? To register [to vote]. Not to threaten, not to demonstrate, not to do anything but to register to vote.

"I am so proud to be a cosponsor of this bill, and I am so grateful that [Representative] Terri Sewell, the daughter, the favorite daughter of Selma, and [Representative] John Lewis, the favorite son of America cosponsored this bill with all of us. We need to put that umbrella back up, as [Justice] Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, to make sure that no one’s right to vote is rained on.”