Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Talking Points Memo reports that Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is following through on his promise to begin hearings to amend the Voting Rights Act. Senate Dems Set July 17 Hearing On Voting Rights Act:
Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has scheduled a
hearing on Wednesday, July 17 to consider a congressional response to
the Supreme Court's ruling striking down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.
The witness list so far includes Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), a civil
rights icon, and Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), a key Republican
supporter of the Voting Rights Act.
"The Voting Rights Act has been a central pillar of the civil rights
laws that have helped bring America’s ideals closer to reality for all
Americans," Leahy said. "Congress reauthorized this law with
overwhelming bipartisan support, and we again must work together to
ensure that no Americans are discriminated against when exercising their
fundamental right to vote. I look forward to hearing next week from
Congressman Lewis and Congressman Sensenbrenner, two lawmakers who were
instrumental in the 2006 reauthorization and who I hope to work closely
with again this year."
The hearing will be livestreamed at this link.
Here is the list of Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which includes Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ). It's time for you to make yourselves heard.
Washington, D.C. Office
Senate Russell Office Building 368
Washington, D.C. 20510
2200 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016
6840 North Oracle Road
Tucson, AZ 85704