WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Executive Office of the President issued a statement of support on Monday for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, or H.R. 4. The bill, introduced last week in the House of Representatives, will be brought to a vote this week. The legislation has passed the House twice in previous sessions but faces an uphill battle in the Senate where Democrats only hold 50 votes.
The Biden Administration “strongly supports” the passage of H.R. 4, the statement says, and will work with Congress to advance the legislation. Efforts by state legislatures to suppress voters, limit voting methods and delegitimize the outcome of the 2020 election “violate the most basic ideals of America,” the statement reads. “The Administration looks forward to working with Congress as the VRAA proceeds through the legislative process to ensure that the bill achieves lasting reform consistent with Congress’ broad constitutional authority to protect voting rights and to strengthen our democracy.”