Dear Colleague on Voting Rights Legislation

January 12, 2022
Press Release

Dear Democratic Colleague,

Yesterday, President Biden made it crystal clear that the Senate must find a path forward to enshrine critical voting rights legislation into law.  Tonight, to defend our democracy, House Democrats will take a step toward sending the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act to the Senate for urgent consideration.

Under the steady leadership of Chairman Jim McGovern, the House Rules Committee will meet tonight to prepare legislation for the Floor that combines key provisions of two crucial bills: the Senate’s Freedom to Vote Act and the House’s John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.  After the meeting concludes, the House will convene tonight to pass the Rule for this legislation.  Tomorrow, the House will pass the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act and send it to the Senate for consideration.

Over the last two sessions of Congress, House Democrats proudly led the charge to protect the sacred right to vote, stop the nullification of our elections and shore up the foundations of our democracy.  We have twice passed H.R. 1, the For The People Act, to protect and expand voting rights, fight big money in politics, end extreme partisan gerrymandering and more.  We have twice passed the H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, to block future voting restrictions imposed by states with disgraceful histories of discrimination.  And tomorrow, we will pass the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act, which includes many of these same critical provisions and will help restore government of, by and for the people.

In Georgia, President Biden delivered a clarion call to defend our democracy when he said: “I will not yield.  I will not flinch.  I will defend your right to vote and our democracy against all enemies foreign and domestic.  And so, the question is, where will the institution of United States Senate stand?”

By passing the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act, the Democratic House will make clear: we stand with the President – and with the people — to #FightForVotingRights.

Nothing less than our democracy is at stake.  Thank you for your committed leadership For The People in the #FightForVotingRights.