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August 24, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Mondaire Jones (D-NY) released the following statement upon House passage of H.R. 4, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act:

“Today, House Democrats have acted decisively to secure the sacred right to vote and save our ailing democracy by passing H.R. 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

For more than 50 years, the Voting Rights Act has protected the right of all Americans to have a say in our democracy. But over the past decade, the Supreme Court has gone to great lengths to gut this landmark legislation, paving the way for a new era of Jim Crow. By fully restoring the Voting Rights Act and once again requiring states and localities with a history of voter suppression to get federal approval before changing their voting laws, H.R. 4 would help to stop this assault on the right to vote.

I’m proud that H.R. 4 also includes my bill with Rep. Ruben Gallego, the Inclusive Elections Act, to enable voters to challenge laws that make it harder for people of color and linguistic minorities to vote.

As Republicans across the country work to advance racist voter suppression laws, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, along with the For the People Act, are vital to saving our democracy.

By passing this bill, we in the House have yet again done our job, and now the Senate must act. In this moment, the Senate must abolish the filibuster to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the For the People Act and save our ailing democracy — before it's too late.” 

About Mondaire: Mondaire Jones is the 34-year-old Congressman from New York’s 17th District, serving Westchester and Rockland Counties. He serves on the House Judiciary, Education and Labor, and Ethics Committees and is the first openly gay, Black member of Congress. A product of East Ramapo public schools, Mondaire was raised in Section 8 housing and on food stamps in the Village of Spring Valley by a single mother who worked multiple jobs to provide for their family. He later graduated from Stanford University, worked at the Department of Justice during the Obama Administration, and graduated from Harvard Law School. He is a co-founder of the nonprofit Rising Leaders, Inc. and has previously served on the NAACP’s National Board of Directors and on the board of the New York Civil Liberties Union. Most recently, Mondaire worked as a litigator in the Westchester County Law Department. In November, Mondaire was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the Freshman Representative to Leadership, making him the youngest member of the Democratic House leadership team. In December, Jones was appointed a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and became a Co-Chair of the LGBTQ Equality Caucus. Mondaire was born and raised in Rockland, and resides in Westchester.