House GOPer defends need for Voting Rights Act
One House Republican is staunchly defending the need for Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which is currently in danger of being struck down by the Supreme Court. "Republicans have always had a track record of supporting civil rights legislation," Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., told Amanda Terkel of the Huffington Post. "If you look back in the '50s and '60s, it was Republican support that overcame Southern Democrat opposition."
In 2006, Congress voted to reauthorize the VRA by bipartisan votes of 98-0 in the Senate and 390-33 in the House. But the Supreme Court is currently considering a challenge to Section 5 of the VRA, which forces certain states and counties with a history of racial discrimination to get pre-clearance from the Department of Justice before changing their voting laws.