McConnell Deems John Lewis Voting Rights Bill ‘Unnecessary’

(Washington, DC) — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says a voting rights bill pushed by House Democrats isn’t needed. He told reporters the John Lewis voting rights bill is “unnecessary.” The Kentucky Republican explained his opposition as he said using race to discriminate in voting is illegal already. Lewis was a civil and voting rights advocate throughout his career.

McConnell’s comments came just hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote a letter to her colleagues about the measure. She said it was “essential” to get the proposal named after the former Georgia Congressman passed. However, the California Democrat admitted “it will not be ready until the fall.”