Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled to limit the Voting Rights Act:
“I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision today to limit the Voting Rights Act. The law successfully countered a century of aggressive limitations on minority voting rights, a fact that today’s majority decision acknowledged: ‘The Act has proved immensely successful at redressing racial discrimination and integrating the voting process.’
“After more than 20 hearings in the House and Senate, Congress in 2006 reauthorized key provisions in the Voting Rights Act for 25 years, a bill I was proud to cosponsor. By invalidating a key piece of the law, the Supreme Court departed from settled precedent and dealt a real setback for voting rights in this country.
“I believe Congress should move quickly to introduce new legislation to preserve voting rights for all Americans.”