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House Votes To Continue Voting Rights Act

From the terrorist enablers at Reuters:

US Representative John Lewis (r), a civil rights icon who hails from Georgia, said the attempt by Republicans to block the renewal of the Voting Rights Act was “unfortunate and disappointing.”

House to take up Voting Rights Act extension

Wed Jul 12, 2006

By Joanne Kenen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Quelling a rebellion by mostly southern conservatives over landmark civil rights legislation, U.S. House of Representatives leaders announced on Wednesday they will vote this week to extend the Voting Rights Act.

"We intend to go on Thursday," House Speaker Dennis Hastert, an Illinois Republican, told reporters after a weekly meeting of House Republicans.

Although a group of Republican lawmakers forced a last-minute delay in the bill in June, it has broad bipartisan support and is expected to pass the House easily. The Senate plans to take up identical legislation later this year.

Controversy has centered on two issues — extra scrutiny for mostly southern states with a legacy of discrimination against black or other minority voters, and a requirement for bilingual ballots for some citizens whose English is poor.

In a rare display of bipartisan unity, House and Senate leaders announced a deal this spring to extend the 1965 Voting Rights Act for 25 years. While most of the law is permanent, some sections have to be updated periodically.

Rep. Deborah Pryce, a Republican from Ohio and a member of the House leadership, said House Majority Leader John Boehner, also from Ohio, had told fellow Republicans at the meeting that he wanted the bill passed without further delay.

Democratic lawmakers, who at first had been willing to give Hastert and Boehner time to work out disagreements, had begun to step up criticism for their failure to pass key civil rights legislation before the November congressional elections.

Several Republican lawmakers, including southerners who oppose some provisions, said details were still being worked out but predicted they would not derail the vote again.

Some of the sticky issues about the southern states might be addressed in exchanges on the House floor that clarify Congress’s intent. Because of their earlier civil rights records, nine states mostly in the U.S. South need Justice Department approval if they make changes to their voting procedures, and some critics say the rules need updating.

The House will allow some amendments but they are not expected to significantly alter the legislation, the outcome of careful negotiations involving Democrats and Republicans in both the House and the Senate.

House leaders said a decision would be made late Wednesday on whether to allow a vote on the bilingual ballot provisions. A related amendment on a separate spending bill failed last month.

Talk about the race-pandering.

The Voting Rights Act is a full employment service for America-hating civil rights lawyers who every two years (or oftener) get to lord it over the pollsters in Southern states on the taxpayers’ dime.

It is an absurdly outdated and expensive practice that is far more likely to cause stolen elections than prevent them.

But the GOP doesn’t have the guts to take the hit from our one party media, who will portray discontinuing this absurd act as "racism."

Meanwhile, Wikipedia notes this about the champion for the VRA’s endless extension, John Lewis (D-Al Qaeda):

Lewis is, according to the Associated Press, "the first major House figure to suggest impeaching George W. Bush," arguing that the president "deliberately, systematically violated the law" in authorizing the National Security Agency to conduct wiretaps without a warrant. Lewis said: "He is not King, he is president."

But no one will dare call Lewis on his seditious idiocy. Instead, Lewis is calling the shots to continue a long outmoded, unnecessary and racist make-work scam. And our one party media applauds him.

It is absolutely sickening. But so typical.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 12th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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