GOP Senator “cannot imagine” Congress passing Voting Rights fix
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., says that he "cannot imagine" Congress coming together to pass legislation that would counter the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key part of the Voting Rights Act.
"In fairness, I doubt that will ever happen," Corker told The Huffington Post. "I just cannot imagine -- I'm just being honest -- Congress ever coming to terms with what they could agree on."
"In essence, what I guess would be occurring ... [would be] one group of folks would have to be saying another group of folks have some tendencies in a direction that are not good," Corker continued. "I don't know that in 2013 I see that happening."
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court ruled that Section 4 of the VRA is unconstitutional. This part of the law creates a formula to determine which areas of the country, with a history of racial discrimination at the polls, are subject to Section 5 of the law, which requires those areas to get preclearance from the Department of Justice before making changes to their voting laws. In its decision, the Supreme Court said that Congress could come up with a new formula to determine which areas need to get preclearance, but until then Section 5 is inoperable.