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‘Voting Rights Act Should be Passed in John Lewis’ Honor’: CBC Chair

Congressional Black Caucus chair Karen Bass, said Saturday in a statement that her fallen colleague Rep. John Lewis, who died Friday after a months-long battle with pancreatic cancer, “had so much influence and was responsible for so much incredible change in our country that not only should his name will live on, ”but that the Voting Rights Advancement Act should be passed in his honor.
“I know that if he was still with us, he would be leading that fight,” Bass said, adding that the country has to live up to Lewis’ legacy.
“We need to continue that fight for social justice. And again, the first thing we need to do is to pass the voting rights act and get it signed,” Bass said Sunday in the ABC’s “This Week” with Martha Raddatz.
Bass also joined the CBC in issuing a statement that called Lewis, 80, “the conscience of our caucus.”
“The world has lost a legend; the civil rights movement has lost an icon, the City of Atlanta has lost one of its most fearless leaders, and the Congressional Black Caucus has lost our longest serving member,” the statement read.
“The Congressional Black Caucus is known as the Conscience of the Congress. John Lewis was known as the conscience of our caucus . . . despite over 40 arrests, brutal attacks and physical injuries, Lewis remained devoted to the philosophy of nonviolence in his fight for justice and equality.”

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