Pelosi Statement on the 53rd Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement to mark the 53rd anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act, which was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on August 6, 1965:
“Fifty-three years ago, our nation took a momentous step forward toward a future in which every person can enjoy their full, equal right to be heard at the ballot box when President Johnson signed into law the landmark Voting Rights Act. As a core pillar of our democracy, the VRA has been instrumental in our nation’s fight to overcome generations of oppression, and has set us on a course to fulfill our promise of freedom and equality for all.
“Yet, today, in the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court and state capitals across the country, the right to vote is under dire threat from the GOP’s mass disenfranchisement agenda, disproportionately impacting communities of color and working families who already face suppression of their voices. From day one of this Administration, Republicans have waged a nationwide voter suppression campaign and created pernicious new barriers to the ballot box. The Republican Congress must end these cruel attacks on the sacred right to vote and immediately bring up for a vote on the Floor the Voting Rights Advancement Act to restore full protections for voters in states with a recent history of discrimination, and the Voter Empowerment Act to expand access to the ballot box and ensure that every vote is counted as cast.
“Democrats are committed to protecting this foundation of our freedom and will continue to stand firm against any assault on this key pillar of our democracy. We will continue to fight for the people, and offer A Better Deal for Our Democracy to empower American voters, protect and expand access to the ballot box and ensure that Washington once again works for everyone.”