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Leahy: Supreme Court 'gutted' Voting Rights Act

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Sen. Patrick Leahy Sen. Patrick Leahy

Sen. Patrick Leahy says the U.S. Supreme Court "gutted" the Voting Rights Act with their landmark decision. Leahy made the remarks at a hearing Wednesday in the Senate Judiciary Committee on the one-year anniversary of that court ruling.

The Voting Rights Act required states with histories of discrimination to get permission from Congress before changing their election laws. The high court declared part of that law unconstitutional. Since then, lawmakers haven't been able to come up with a fix.

"From its inception through several reauthorizations the Voting Rights Act has always been a bipartisan, bilateral effort, and it would be a travesty if it became partisan for the very first time in this nation's history," said Leahy, D-Vermont.

Some voting rights advocates at the hearing said ending federal oversight has rolled back the clock.

Leahy's proposed amendment would update the anti-discrimination formula.

No Senate Republicans have come forward to co-sponsor that.

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