“Wake up, or move out of the way.” – Lee Urges Colleagues to Support the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.

Mar 08, 2023
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Lee Urges Colleagues to Support the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.

(WASHINGTON- D.C.) – On Tuesday, March 7th, U.S. Congresswoman Summer Lee (PA-12) delivered remarks on the House floor on the urgency of passing John Lewis VotingRights Act on the 58th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday. 

Lee said, “It’s often said that my ancestors died for the right to vote. But, I believe that that doesn’t paint the entire picture. They die for our right to participate fully in American society and citizenship – to not only vote, but to self determine, to run, to serve, to lead.”

You can watch her full remarks here

You can watch her full remarks here

Full remarks below: 

“Voting rights is a question of economic justice, of racial justice, of LGBTQ rights, and women’s rights. All of our rightsare at stake when we vote and indeed, when we are denied the right to vote.” 

“It’s often said that my ancestors died for the right to vote. But, I believe that that doesn’t paint the entire picture. They die for our right to participate fully in American society and citizenship – to not only vote, but to self determine, to run, to serve, to lead.”

“I regret that I was never able to call Representative John Lewis a colleague, but I feel a sense of urgency to finish what he started.”

“I strongly urge my colleagues across the aisle to support the John Lewis VotingRights Act. And I similarly urge them to wake up or move out of the way.” 

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