Congressman Kweisi Mfume’s Statement on the Senate's Failure to Pass the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act

January 19, 2022
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Kweisi Mfume (MD-07) issued the following statement on the Senate's failure to pass critical voting rights legislation today:

“A record number of Americans voted in the 2020 elections because of expanded Election Day, vote-by-mail, and early voting opportunities. Less than one year later, state lawmakers in at least 19 states enacted 34 laws that restrict access to the ballot with many more on the way. Unfortunately, the U.S. Senate has proven it is more committed to protecting the filibuster than it is the right to vote,” said Congressman Kweisi Mfume.

“I am baffled and disappointed to see people honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday and then by Thursday vote against the freedom to vote. This is a dastardly and shameful day for our democracy,” he added.