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

A bill 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

Patrick Leahy

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Vermont. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Oct 6, 2021
Length: 118 pages
Oct 5, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Failed Cloture on Nov 3, 2021

This bill is provisionally dead due to a failed vote for cloture on November 3, 2021. Cloture is required to move past a Senate filibuster or the threat of a filibuster and takes a 3/5ths vote. In practice, most bills must pass cloture to move forward in the Senate.

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


48 Cosponsors (46 Democrats, 2 Independents)

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

Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Joseph Biden [D]: S.4 – John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021 (Nov 3, 2021)

What legislators are saying

ICYMI: Spanberger Hosts Telephone Town Hall Focused on Issues Facing Seventh District Families, Seniors, Businesses, & Veterans
    — Rep. Abigail Spanberger [D-VA7] on Aug 26, 2022

Rep. Barragn Votes for The Presidential Election Reform Act
    — Rep. Nanette Barragán [D-CA44] on Sep 22, 2022

Congressman DeFazio Secures Funding for Nine Critical Projects in Southwestern Oregon
    — Rep. Peter DeFazio [D-OR4] on Jul 22, 2022

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Oct 5, 2021

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Nov 3, 2021
Failed Cloture in the Senate

The Senate must often vote to end debate before voting on a bill, called a cloture vote. The vote on cloture failed. This is often considered a filibuster. The Senate may try again.

If this bill has further action, the following steps may occur next:
Passed Senate (House next)

Passed House

Signed by the President

S. 4 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 4. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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