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Democrats Urge Action on Voting Rights as Tribute to Lewis

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Mourning the death of civil rights hero John Lewis, Democrats are urging the Senate to take up a bill of enduring importance to the veteran lawmaker who died Friday: protecting and expanding the right to vote.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and other Democrats say the Senate should take up a House-passed bill to restore key sections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and rename it for Lewis. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called Lewis a “great man” who helped bend the nation’s history toward justice, but Republicans appear unlikely to bring up the voting rights bill for a Senate vote.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks towards the House Chamber at the Capitol, Monday, July 20, 2020, in Washington. Pelosi, who presided over a moment of silence for Georgia Rep. John Lewis, choked up Monday recalling their last conversation the day before he died. “It was a sad one,” Pelosi said of their conversation Thursday. “We never talked about his dying until that day.” Lewis, 80, died Friday, several months after he was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer.

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