Republican Congressman Vows Push To Fix Voting Rights Act
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner made some news today when he said that he intended to make an effort to address the problems in the Voting Rights Act that caused the Supreme Court to throw out the pre-clearance formulas that had been the most powerful part of the nearly 50 year old law:
Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) said Monday that he will attempt to replace, by the end of the year, the portion of the Voting Rights Act that was struck down by the Supreme Court.
Sensenbrenner’s comments came Monday at an event hosted by the Republican National Committee, commemorating the March on Washington.
Sensenbrenner said he wants to fix the law so that it is immune to court challenges.
“The first thing we have to do is take the monkey wrench that the court threw in it, out of the Voting Rights Act, and then use that monkey wrench to be able to fix it so that it is alive, well, constitutional and impervious to another challenge that will be filed by the usual suspects,” Sensenbrenner said.
Taking the stage after Sensenbrenner, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said, “I think Jim just made some news.”
Few Republicans have expressed a desire to fix the VRA.
Sensenbrennner still maintains a lot of pull on the House Judiciary Committee despite no longer being chairman, but it seems doubtful that he’d be able to persuade his fellow Republicans to go along on this, especially going into an election year.