WaPo Editorial: Voting Rights Act Fixes Should Get a Vote in the House and Senate

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“It seems like virtually everyone on Capitol Hill is interested in fixing the Voting Rights Act. But who will step up and make something happen?”

That’s the question posed in a new Washington Post editorial calling on Congress to fix the VRA. Another question: Why isn’t the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act already law?

“The usual explanation is that lawmakers have been too busy focusing on other issues,” the editorial says. But “excuses can’t justify Congress’s failure to repair the Voting Rights Act before November’s elections.”

The editorial calls on House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R. Va., to hold hearings on and mark up the bill, and on Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R. Va., to find time on the House floor to consider it.