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Lawmakers to Introduce Bipartisan Voting Rights Act Fix (the Elect and Re-Elect Democrats Act)
rollcall.com ^ | 1/16/14 | Emma Dumain and Daniel Newhauser

Posted on 01/16/2014 9:59:10 AM PST by cotton1706

Several months after the Supreme Court gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, a bipartisan contingent of lawmakers plans to introduce a legislative fix on Thursday afternoon.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., made a passing reference to developments on the VRA front at a news conference earlier in the day.

“I want to say that I’m pleased with what I see as bipartisan progress — and that’s a good thing — that’s being made on addressing the Voting Rights Act, and I think we’re going to be hearing an announcement on that later today,” Pelosi said. “I’m not here to announce it, but I’m here to say what’s occurred in briefings and meetings we’ve had. While it’s not the bill everyone will love, it is bipartisan, it is progress and it is worthy of support.”

Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn, D-S.C., confirmed Pelosi’s remarks while heading into the House chamber, adding that Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., and House Judiciary ranking member John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., are the sponsors.

Conyers said he and Sensenbrenner have officially dropped their bill into the hopper, and that Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt., had filed an identical bill. The three lawmakers are expected to hold a news conference later in the day on the Senate side of the Capitol, Conyers said.

“We’re hopeful that we can move in a good way,” Conyers said. “We need to have hearings immediately, as soon as we can. That’s the best sign of good faith and bipartisanship.”

The effort does not yet have full buy-in from Republican leadership, said a senior GOP aide. Leaders are wary of push back from conservative members and are skeptical that the bill could attract the support of a majority of the Republican Conference.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections

1 posted on 01/16/2014 9:59:10 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Some background on what happened in June:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/us/supreme-court-ruling.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0


2 posted on 01/16/2014 10:04:11 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: cotton1706

In 2006 the GOP congress with GWB reauthorized the VRA AS IS no changes which included those shackles that Lind Johnson put on the Southern GOP states.

That resulted in those states having to get permission from Holder BEFORE enacting voter ID laws, 2008, 2010 and 2012, which he said no to.

This is amazing that some Republicans are willing to join the Dems to do this again to conservative states.


3 posted on 01/16/2014 10:04:43 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: cotton1706

“..what I see as bipartisan progress...”

With this particular Democratic Senate whatever they propose, it definitely won’t be progress. The Republicans should know well that you cannot trust anything they say. The Dems are deceitful and serial liars - and that’s a fact!!


4 posted on 01/16/2014 10:05:23 AM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: cotton1706

I’m really, really starting to hate republicans!


5 posted on 01/16/2014 10:09:24 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: sickoflibs

this is all about incumbant protection and how the beltway aristocrats now feel at risk due to voting by citizens.


6 posted on 01/16/2014 10:12:28 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: pgkdan

If I recall correctly, the Supreme Court overturned the formulas used to determine which areas were under federal oversight. What’s needed from Congress is a realistic update to the data, i.e., are these areas still seeing big numbers of minorities denied the right to vote. We don’t need an overhaul of the law itself.


7 posted on 01/16/2014 10:16:32 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: longtermmemmory

Between this and giving illegals the vote you cant help think that they are in the wrong party.


8 posted on 01/16/2014 10:18:20 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: elpadre; pgkdan; Red Badger
From Red Badger's link in #2,

The Supreme Court on Tuesday (last June) effectively struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by a 5-to-4 vote, freeing nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without advance federal approval.

So the GOPE have no problem with stomping on the states, and yes, ensure rat victory.

Is there any real question we must return the states to the senate to stop this abuse?

9 posted on 01/16/2014 10:20:45 AM PST by Jacquerie (Article V.)
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To: elpadre
The Dems are deceitful and serial liars - and that’s a fact!!

So are most Republicans.

10 posted on 01/16/2014 10:23:13 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("The further a society drifts from truth the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell)
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To: Jacquerie

That decision, to allow senators to be popularly elected, was probably the worst amendment change to the Constitution, ever. States lost ALL control on the federal government. I cannot fathom how it ever got past the state legislatures in the first place. They must have been tricked, fooled or threatened in some way.....................


11 posted on 01/16/2014 10:26:19 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: cotton1706

Since at the link there is little in the way of factual detail as to what is in it, I’m supposing this to be another one of those that have to be passed to find it just... what... is... in... it.


12 posted on 01/16/2014 10:27:53 AM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Red Badger
I cannot fathom how it ever got past the state legislatures in the first place...

The country was in a progressive mood, from the very top to the very bottom, from extreme left to extreme center-left.

13 posted on 01/16/2014 10:29:27 AM PST by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: C210N
The country was in a progressive mood, from the very top to the very bottom, from extreme left to extreme center-left.

Hopey-Changey....................

14 posted on 01/16/2014 10:30:43 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: C210N

If it’s ‘Bipartisan’ it sucks, no matter what........................’Bipartisan’ is just another word for ‘cave’ or ‘surrender’....................


15 posted on 01/16/2014 10:32:08 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: longtermmemmory

“this is all about incumbent protection and how the beltway aristocrats now feel at risk due to voting by citizens.”

Secretary Gates was right in his assessment of the Congress as being totally self-absorbed with the maintenance of their own seats to the exclusion of doing what’s right for our country. With a few notable exceptions, they all need to be removed from office. If we were to start out with 535 neophytes, we would be far better off. In this situation “experience” is a bad word.


16 posted on 01/16/2014 10:33:38 AM PST by vette6387
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To: Red Badger
The 1910s was the progressive movement's first major victory. It culminated 30+ years of academic and elite hostility toward untaxed wealth. The newspapers tagged the senate with corruption and standing in the way of what the people wanted. “Power to the people” is the demagogues’ call to tyranny.

Since then, the people have gotten what they wanted, good and hard. (Apologies to Menken) Mark Levin addresses the mistake of the 17th Amendment very well in his latest book.

17 posted on 01/16/2014 10:45:32 AM PST by Jacquerie (Article V.)
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To: Jacquerie

I don’t know who said it, Mark Levin or someone else, but he or she said, “The only way to defeat a liberal is to give them everything they want.”. Which seems to be true, as with the Obamacare disaster....................


18 posted on 01/16/2014 11:00:12 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: sickoflibs
This is amazing that some Republicans are willing to join the Dems to do this again to conservative states.

I would be amazed if the Republicans DID NOT join with the Democrats to screw over conservative states.

19 posted on 01/16/2014 11:16:29 AM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

You mean “I would be amazed if the Republicans DID NOT join with the Democrats to screw over conservative states AGAIN’

Unfortunately I can see it too.


20 posted on 01/16/2014 11:18:08 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'If you like your Doctor you can keep him, PERIOD! Don't believe the GOPs warnings')
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To: Red Badger
They must have been tricked, fooled or threatened in some way.....................

I think some amendments were deemed passed by corrupt leadership.

21 posted on 01/16/2014 11:37:18 AM PST by itsahoot (It is not so much that history repeats, but that human nature does not change.)
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To: Red Badger; itsahoot; C210N; cotton1706
Here's a link to why the people and states turned their backs on the wisdom of our Framers.
22 posted on 01/16/2014 12:48:38 PM PST by Jacquerie (Article V.)
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