August 6, 2020: Today marks the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, a law that has been attacked by Republicans and the Supreme Court. While Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress refuse to support the John Lewis Voting Advancement Act, Democrats have passed the legislation in the House. Florida Congresswoman Val Demings issued the following statement:
“Fifty-five years ago today, the Voting Rights Act was signed into law, but we know that the fight against racial discrimination at the ballot box is far from over as Donald Trump and Republicans in Washington and here in my state of Florida continue to suppress the vote. Heroes like Congressman John Lewis shed blood so that every single American could vote and it is our duty to carry on his fight.
“Democrats in the House have passed legislation to restore this important law, but Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress are once again putting their own interests ahead of the American people by refusing to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. The best way for my Republican colleagues to honor Rep. John Lewis is to support his life’s work by protecting the right to vote.”