At a press conference last week, civil rights leaders from the League of Women Voters, NAACP, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC, the League of United Latin American Citizens, and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights urged congressional action on the Voting Rights Amendment Act (VRAA). Specifically, they called on House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House leaders to move forward on the legislation with a hearing, a markup, and floor time to consider the bill. Some of the press coverage from that press conference:
- MSNBC.com - Republicans drag their feet on fixing the Voting Rights Act
- WAMU Radio - Civil Rights Groups Pressure Goodlatte on VRA Update
- BET.com – Civil Rights Leaders Want Action on Voting Rights Amendment Act
- NBCNews.com – LULAC: GOP Leader Wants Proof Voting Rights Fix is Needed
- Gannett – Tennessee members quiet about voting rights legislation
In advance of the press conference, the board of directors of The Leadership Conference sent a letter to Goodlatte and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, calling on the committee to hold a hearing soon on the VRAA.