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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.

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Sponsor and status

Terri Sewell

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

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Last Updated: Sep 14, 2021
Length: 75 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.

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223 Cosponsors (223 Democrats)

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

S. 4 (same title)
Failed Cloture — Nov 3, 2021


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 Statement on Failure of Senate to Pass Voting Rights Bill
    — Rep. Terri Sewell [D-AL7] (Sponsor) on Jan 19, 2022

Schakowsky Votes to Advance Voting Rights Bill to the Senate
    — Rep. Janice “Jan” Schakowsky [D-IL9] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 13, 2022

Carter on Democrats’ backroom election overhaul deal
    — Rep. Earl “Buddy” Carter [R-GA1] on Jan 13, 2022

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Mar 18, 2021
Considered by Diversity and Inclusion

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Aug 17, 2021

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Aug 19, 2021
Text Published

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Aug 24, 2021
Passed House (Senate next)

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Sep 21, 2021
Considered by Economic Opportunity

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

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