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H.R. 4: John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021

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To amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

Terri Sewell

Sponsor. Representative for Alabama's 7th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Aug 24, 2021
Length: 76 pages
Aug 17, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Passed House (Senate next) on Aug 24, 2021

This bill passed in the House on August 24, 2021 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

Other activity may have occurred on another bill with identical or similar provisions.

This bill is scheduled for the following committee meetings:
Sep 21, 2021 9:30 a.m. — House Committee on Veterans' Affairs: Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity


223 Cosponsors (223 Democrats)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Joseph Biden [D]: H.R. 4 – John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021 (Aug 23, 2021)

What legislators are saying

Rep. Sewell to Host Live Telephone Town Hall
    — Rep. Terri Sewell [D-AL7] (Sponsor) on Sep 14, 2021

Weekly Update: Terror Attack in Afghanistan, Pursuing Environmental Justice, Mobile Casework Hours on Monday
    — Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12] (Co-sponsor) on Aug 27, 2021

Visiting Missouris Farms
    — Rep. Vicky Hartzler [R-MO4] on Aug 27, 2021

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Mar 18, 2021
Considered by Diversity and Inclusion

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Aug 17, 2021

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Aug 19, 2021
On House Schedule

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Aug 19, 2021
Text Published

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Aug 24, 2021
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

Sep 21, 2021
Considered by Economic Opportunity

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Signed by the President

H.R. 4 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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