Chairman Crowley Statement on the Reintroduction of the Voting Rights Advancement Act

June 22, 2017

(Washington, DC) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement on the reintroduction of the Voting Rights Advancement Act:

“Four years ago, the Shelby County v. Holder ruling inflicted one of the most devastating blows to our democracy in recent American history. Today, I’m pleased to join colleagues to introduce legislation to restore full protections to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“The fight for voting rights is as urgent today as it was decades ago. Our actions will ensure that the Voting Rights Act remains one of the fundamental pillars of our nation’s democracy, and that every voter, no matter where they live, is able to participate in our democracy to the fullest extent.

“I call on my Republican colleagues to join us to restore the critical safeguards that have protected Americans’ right to vote for decades. We owe it to those who came before us to ensure that their sacrifices are not just a footnote in history.”