Democratic lawmakers must honor civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis’ legacy by advancing the Voting Rights Act in the Senate.

Home Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) was the first to publicly pitch the thought of renaming the bill and pushing it by means of the Senate all through a CNN look Sunday.

“It have to be the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of 2020,” the No. three Home Democrat instructed the group of how best to honor the 80-year-old Georgia congressman.

“That’s the way in which in which to do it. Phrases is also extremely efficient, nevertheless deeds are lasting.”

Shortly after the interview, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who authored the Senate’s counterpart legal guidelines to the Home’s Voting Rights Act championed by Lewis, pledged to reintroduce it beneath a model new establish.

“As creator and chief sponsor of the Senate bill I shall be reintroducing #VRAA this week, naming it for John Lewis, my longtime affiliate on this,” Leahy wrote on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

Leahy’s announcement has been met with help from a rising guidelines of Democrats that in the meanwhile consists of Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Tina Smith of Minnesota and Jacky Rosen of Nevada, in addition to Senate Minority Chief Chuck Schumer of New York.

The Home of Representatives handed the legal guidelines in December, with just one Republican voting in favor all through an in every other case party-line vote.

Lewis presided over the vote, banging the gavel to announce that the measure had been authorised 228-187.

An American flag outside of the U.S. Capitol lowered to half staff to honor the life of Rep John Lewis
An American flag outdoor the US Capitol flies at half-staff to honor the life of Rep. John Lewis.Getty Pictures

The bill has sat on the desk of Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the months since.

The legal guidelines was written as a response to a 2013 Supreme Courtroom dedication, Shelby County v. Holder, which struck down the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The Home-passed bill would restore some of these key protections.

“I really feel that Trump and the Senate administration, Mitch McConnell, by their deeds in the occasion that they so have an excellent time the heroism of this man, then let’s go to work and cross that bill in consequence of it is laid out the way in which in which the Supreme Courtroom requested us to place it out,” Clyburn well-known all through his CNN look.

Other than the rising amount of Senate Democrats backing the effort, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) along with Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) known as on McConnell over the weekend to convey the legal guidelines to the bottom promptly.

How Senate Republicans and the White Home will reply stays to be seen.

Lewis died Friday in Atlanta following a protracted battle with superior pancreatic most cancers.

First elected in 1986 and lauded as “the conscience of Congress,” Lewis, a staunch Democrat, commanded respect from both facet of the aisle.

He stable his reputation in the Sixties, most notably in the course of the 1965 civil rights march in Selma, Alabama, all through which he suffered a skull fracture on the end of a police billy membership.

“There could also be nonetheless work however to be completed,” he urged all through a Fiftieth-anniversary event on the bridge in 2015.

“Get in the marketplace and push and pull until we redeem the soul of America.”



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