(Washington, D.C.) - Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling striking down a key component of the 1965 Voting Rights Act:
"I'm very disappointed to learn of the court's decision today striking down a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. People of all races, religions, and backgrounds joined together and fought for that law because every one of us deserves a fair shake and a fair chance at achieving our version of the American dream. The right to vote gives us the power to take our future into our own hands and the court's decision today undermines this very important principle. The ruling ignores significant evidence of continuing racial discrimination and efforts to interfere with the rights of minority voters. Congress must now act and pass legislation to ensure the right to vote is protected for every American."