Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing this afternoon on the Voting Rights Act:
“In the wake of the Supreme Court’s disappointing ruling on Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, I am encouraged that the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing to explore what steps the Congress can take to write a new preclearance formula to protect against discrimination and disenfranchisement. The Court left it up to Congress to act, and Democrats and Republicans ought to do so without delay and in the same bipartisan fashion in which we passed the original law in 1965 as well as its three reauthorizations – including the most recent one in 2006.
“I am pleased that Reps. John Lewis and Jim Sensenbrenner, who partnered across party lines to lead the 2006 reauthorization, are testifying before the Committee today in a spirit of continued cooperation toward a bipartisan solution. There is a real potential to get something done, and as some jurisdictions previously covered by Section 4 rush to enact new voting laws in the absence of federal oversight, time is of the essence. I look forward to working with Members on both sides of the aisle very soon to take the steps necessary to protect every American’s right to vote.”