Mrs. Ora Crawley, the oldest sibling of Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), died on Thursday July 27, 2006, in Detroit, Michigan. She was 70 years old. Mrs. Crawley was a native of Alabama but lived in Detroit for many years. She is survived by five brothers other than Rep. Lewis and two sisters. She had two children-one son, Donzell Crawley, and one daughter, Dorothy Crawley Powell.
Rep. John Lewis, a long-time proponent of non-violence, called for peace in all Middle East conflicts. Rep.
Although Rep. John Lewis has attended every presidential signing ceremony of the Voting Rights Act since it was first signed by Pres. Lyndon Johnson in 1965, he will not be able to be present at this one for personal reasons. He will be attending a funeral in Massachusetts.
July 13, 2006 -The following is a transcript of the comments Congressman Lewis made today during the debate in support of H.R. 9, the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006, which reauthorizes the expiring sections of the Voting Rights Act.
June 27, 2006 - Does Rep. Westmoreland know American history?
June 22, 2006 - Rep. John Lewis spoke out against H.R. 5638, the Permanent Estate Tax Relief Bill on the House floor today. He made the following comments (as prepared for delivery):
June 22, 2006 - Rep. John Lewis joined Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-CA) in her opposition to the Federal Election Integrity Act proposed by Rep. Henry Hyde (R-IL). Rep. Millender-McDonald, ranking Democrat on the House Administration committee, held a news conference today in response to a committee hearing on Arizona Proposition 200. Rep.
June 21, 2006 - "It is unfortunate and disappointing," said Rep. Lewis, "that we have encountered a setback in the passage of the Voting Rights Act reauthorization, H.R. 9.
June 28, 2006 - Rep. John Lewis opposes the Stearns Amendment (No. 21) to H.R. 5672, the Science, State, Justice, Commerce, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY 2007. This amendment would mandate that the Justice Department spend no funds to enforce the language assistance provisions of the Voting Rights Act (VRA).
June 16, 2006 -As a founding member of the Out-of-Iraq Caucus, a coalition of 72 members of the House of Representatives who are seeking ways to end the conflict in Iraq, Rep. John Lewis spoke on the floor last night in support of Rep. John Murtha's Resolution to redeploy American troops from Iraq. That resolution also mandates that no permanent U.S.