January 13, 2022

Cori Bush Statement on House Passage of the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01) issued the below statement following the passage of H.R. 5746, the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act through the United States House of Representatives: 

“The American people have done their part by delivering the House, Senate, and White House to Democrats— now Democrats, every Democrat, must make good on our promise to deliver for the people. The House passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act and H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act last year, and both have failed to move forward in the Senate. Today, we are prioritizing voting rights yet again. 

“This effort has always been about the Senate and whether it will deliver on the mandate that communities like St. Louis sent us here to deliver: a mandate to protect our rights and save lives. My question now is to Senator Joe Manchin and Senator Kyrsten Sinema: Will you stand with the people and generations of Black leaders, activists, organizers, and agitators who have marched, bled, and died to secure our right to vote or will you stand with the white supremacists who are working to deny voting rights to millions of Americans — Americans who look like me?”


Congresswoman Cori Bush sits on the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, serves as the Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip, and proudly represents St. Louis as a politivist in the halls of the United States Congress.