Manchin Announces Bipartisan Compromise On John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act
Washington, DC – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) released a bipartisan compromise on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The bipartisan compromise was agreed to in order to gain support on both sides of the aisle while staying true to the same bipartisan blueprint followed by Congress in each of the five times it has previously enacted legislation to update and reauthorize the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
“Ensuring our elections are fair, accessible and secure is essential to restoring the American people’s faith in our Democracy. That’s why my colleagues and I have come together to introduce the bipartisan John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The Voting Rights Act has been bipartisan since 1965. I commend my friend and colleague Senator Lisa Murkowski for keeping that bipartisan tradition alive despite partisan efforts on both sides of the aisle to prevent that from happening. In the weeks and months ahead, I am committed to building support for this bipartisan compromise that addresses the threats to voting rights across our nation without infringing on states’ rights so that it can move through regular order with bipartisan support, just as it has done for the last 56 years.”
Updates to the bipartisan John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act can be found here.
Bill text can be found here.
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