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Sun Mar 8, 2015, 10:35 PM

GOP Lawmakers Explain Why They Don’t Support Restoring Voting Rights Act

More: http://thinkprogress.org/election/2015/03/08/3631184/selma-gop-lawmakers-explain-dont-support-john-lewis-bill-restore-voting-rights-act/

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SELMA, ALABAMA — Dozens of members of Congress, and many more Republicans than ever before, came to Selma this week to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the infamous attack on voting rights protesters known as Bloody Sunday.

Some lawmakers told ThinkProgress the event highlighted the urgency of passing a currently languishing bill that would restore the full powers of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Others showed little interest in doing so.

On his way to the commemoration ceremony, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said it’s been “powerful” to hear stories from Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who helped lead the Selma march 50 years ago and was severely beaten by police. But when ThinkProgress asked if he supports Lewis’ voting rights bill, he replied, “I haven’t looked at it. Is there a Senate version?”

A Senate version was introduced several weeks ago, and currently has zero Republican sponsors.

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Sun Mar 8, 2015, 10:39 PM

1. no surprise from me, especially in regard to AP

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Sun Mar 8, 2015, 10:39 PM

2. "It would help the blah people vote us out of power."

 

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Mon Mar 9, 2015, 12:21 AM

3. Self-kicking. nt

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