Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Senator Murkowski Cosponsoring the Voting Rights Advancement Act

[Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced the Voting Rights Advancement Act this past June with Democratic Senators Dick Durbin (Ill.), and Chris Coons (Del.), along with Democratic Congressmen John Lewis (Ga.), Terri Sewell (Ala.), Linda Sanchez (Calif.), and Judy Chu (Calif.) of the House Tri-Caucus.  Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) announced today that she would sign on as a cosponsor of the bill.]

“Senator Murkowski is a champion for civil rights, and I congratulate her for becoming the first Republican to cosponsor the Voting Rights Advancement Act.  I have long enjoyed my bipartisan working relationship with Senator Murkowski because of her independence and leadership on so many issues.  I am honored that she has now joined me to ensure that no American faces racial discrimination at the polls.  As we celebrate the 50th anniversaries of the March on Selma and the Voting Rights Act, I hope that other Senate Republicans will join us to restore and strengthen the Voting Rights Act for a new generation.”

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