Congresswoman Nikema Williams Presiding Over House During Debate of H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Nikema Williams (GA-05) will preside over the House of Representatives as the chamber debates H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Congresswoman Williams is an original co-sponsor of H.R. 4. The bill restores federal oversight for states with a recent history of voter suppression. Eight years after the disastrous Supreme Court Shelby County v. Holder decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act, H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act addresses a wave of restrictive, anti-voter laws being enacted at the state level, such as Georgia’s S.B. 202. H.R. 4 is an important aspect of Congressman Lewis’ legacy, as he wrote the first 300 pages of the bill. 

“I’m clear in my why as I prepare to enter the chamber and preside from the Speaker’s chair over the debate on H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act,” said Congresswoman Williams who is also Co-Chair of the Congressional Voting Rights Caucus.As my friend and predecessor Congressman Lewis always said: we all have an obligation to do our part and find a way to get in the way and make good trouble. Passing H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights is the good trouble Congressman Lewis wanted us to make. The legislation is a critical step to protect voting rights for everyone, no matter your Zip code. There are not two sides to this issue. You are either on the side of our democracy or you aren’t, and I urge all my colleagues to support H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.”  

Debate on H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act is estimated to start at 4:15 and can be watched here

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