Sarbanes Urges Senate to Pass Voting Rights Legislation
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today issued the following statement praising House passage of the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act (H.R. 5746) and urging the Senate to swiftly pass this historic legislation.
“Today, the House voted to rescue the American people from the deluge of voter suppression, partisan gerrymandering and election subversion that is blocking their calls for progress and change.
“In 2020, Americans overcame tremendous obstacles to vote in record numbers and pull our democracy back from the brink. They demonstrated they still care and believe in American democracy – they cherish it. That poses the existential question for our Senate colleagues: Will they do their part?
“As states across the country pass voter suppression laws with a simple majority, the Senate should be able to use that same majority rule principle to protect the most fundamental right of all Americans.
“I have spent years working to create a strong set of reforms – many of which are included in this package, and I am urging my Senate colleagues: It is time to act. Our democracy depends on it.”
Before passage, Congressman Sarbanes gave the following remarks on the House Floor: