Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On The District Of Columbia District Court’s Decision In Shelby v. Holder

“Today’s decision upholding the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act reauthorization that Congress passed overwhelmingly five years ago is a welcomed decision.  Judge Bates’ careful and thorough opinion reflects an appropriate deference to the extensive testimony received over the course of nearly 20 hearings before the Senate and House Judiciary Committees.  The continuing importance of these Voting Rights Act protections cannot be overstated, particularly at a time when many states are passing legislation to make it more difficult for hard working Americans to exercise their constitutional right to vote.”

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