Friday, July 21, 2006
Voting Rights Act headed to Bush's desk - Yahoo! News
You wouldn't know it be looking at the vote, but this took a pitched battle with Southern Congress-critters objecting to the extension because they said it was directed primarily at them, and made them look bad, or some such crap.
Damn, these people get on my last freakin' nerve!
Of course this extension doesn't mean very much, in states where Rethugs are in charge of elections. They will always find a way to disenfranchize voters, unless we are prepared to make them pay a very high price.
Voting Rights Act headed to Bush's desk - Yahoo! News:
WASHINGTON - The 1965 Voting Rights Act, which opened polls to millions of black Americans, is on its way to President Bush's desk after winning a 25-year extension from Congress.
The president promised to sign it even before the 98-0 vote, eager to improve the GOP's standing with minorities.
'The Voting Rights Act is one of the most important pieces of legislation in our nation's history,' Bush said after the Senate approval on Thursday. 'It has been vital to guaranteeing the right to vote for generations of Americans and has helped millions of our citizens enjoy the full promise of freedom.'
A centerpiece of the 1960s civil rights movement, the law ended poll taxes, literacy tests and other devices that had been used for decades to keep blacks from voting.