06.16.14

Leahy Announces June 25 Hearing On The Voting Rights Amendment Act

WASHINGTON (Monday, June 16, 2014) – Next week, on the one year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s devastating Shelby County decision that gutted the core of the Voting Rights Act, the Senate Judiciary Committee will meet to hear testimony about bicameral legislation to strengthen the original law.

The hearing, entitled “The Voting Rights Amendment Act, S.1945:  Updating the Voting Rights Act in Response to Shelby County v. Holder,” will occur exactly one year after the Court issued its divided opinion that struck key protections for Americans seeking to exercise their right to vote. Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the author of the bicameral Voting Rights Amendment Act to strengthen and update the original landmark law, will preside.

“One year ago, five justices on the Supreme Court issued a disastrous Shelby County decision that removed crucial voter protections.  It is time for Congress to act,” Leahy said. “Just as Congress came together 50 years ago to enact the Civil Rights Act, Democrats and Republicans should work together now to renew and strengthen the Voting Rights Act, which has always been bipartisan.  This year should be no different, and I hope all Republicans will work with us to enact the meaningful protections in the Voting Rights Amendment Act.”

Leahy chaired a hearing last year featuring testimony from Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.), a civil rights icon, and Congressman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), who served as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in 2006 when Congress reauthorized the Voting Rights Act. Next week’s hearing continues the important discussion and will focus on the lawmakers’ bicameral legislation that seeks to curb voting violations in all states and jurisdictions.

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NOTICE OF COMMITTEE HEARING

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing entitled “The Voting Rights Amendment Act, S.1945:  Updating the Voting Rights Act in Response to Shelby County v. Holder” for Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m., in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

By order of the Chairman.

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