This Day On The Street
Continue to site
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

Congress Voting Rights Act Power Is In Constitution, Agreement From Gingrich To Ginsberg, Report Robert Weiner And Richard Mann


WASHINGTON, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National issues strategist Robert Weiner, a former White House spokesman and senior staff for three House Committee Chairmen, and senior policy analyst Richard Mann are saying that the power of Congress to enact and extend the Voting Rights Act is explicitly in the Constitution.  In an article in the Michigan Chronicle today, they report that there is widespread agreement on the congressional constitutional power over the Act from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to Supreme Court Justice Ginsberg to congressional leaders with jurisdiction, according to interviews they conducted. Weiner and Mann directly challenge the accuracy of a constitutional omission by Justice Scalia, who stated that "This is not the kind of question you can leave to Congress," despite the Constitution's specific citation of the congressional power, and argue that if the Court cuts down the Voting Rights Act, Congress should reenact it.  The Michigan Chronicle has six times in the last twelve years been named the nation's best African American newspaper by the National Newspaper Association.

Weiner and Mann explain, "In the oral debate over cutting down the power of the Voting Rights Act – the law designed to assure enforcement of no discrimination against minorities' right to vote – Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia stated last month, 'This is not the kind of a question you can leave to Congress.' He called the bill, 'perpetuation of racial entitlement.' He added, 'It is very difficult to get out ... through the normal political process.'"  The Court could make a decision as early as June, Weiner and Mann state.

They assert that "the Justice apparently missed that the 15 th Amendment to the Constitution states, 'The right of citizens to vote shall not be abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.'"  They point out that "the extremely significant next sentence of the 15 th Amendment states, 'The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.'"

Weiner and Mann report that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was recently asked if Congress has the power to enact and amend the Voting Rights Act.  She responded, "Yes, it's there in the 14 th and 15 th Amendments."  To assure she meant the directness of her answer, she was asked if people are just wrong to say Congress does not have the power.  She repeated, "It's in the 14 th and 15 th Amendments."

Weiner asked former House Speaker Newt Gingrich last week if he still believes the Constitution gives Congress the power, since he had presided over and voted for extensions of the Voting Rights Act, and he said "Yes."  Gingrich asked what Scalia's reasoning was to question it, and "we told him about Justice Scalia's assertion that Congress was politically pandering."  They report that "Gingrich, unfazed, responded, 'All the Founding Fathers won elections and understood that – they all were elected.'"  Weiner and Mann add,  "One may often disagree with Gingrich's policies and politics, but as a congressional and constitutional historian, he is informed."

Weiner and Mann contend, "It's not as though discrimination is dead and we no longer need the Voting Rights Act.  In our time, in the 2012 election, thirty-seven states attempted voter suppression of minorities by targeted ID requirements and reduced hours to vote.  Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is Congress's way to stop the undemocratic shenanigans denying minorities the vote." 

1 of 3

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Real Money

More than 30 investing pros with skin in the game give you actionable insight and investment ideas.

Product Features:
  • Access to Jim Cramer's daily blog
  • Intraday commentary and news
  • Real-time trading forums
Only $49.95
14-Days Free
14-Days Free
AAPL $93.74 -1.15%
FB $117.58 0.73%
GOOG $693.01 0.29%
TSLA $240.76 -2.81%
YHOO $36.60 0.03%


Chart of I:DJI
DOW 17,773.64 -57.12 -0.32%
S&P 500 2,065.30 -10.51 -0.51%
NASDAQ 4,775.3580 -29.9330 -0.62%

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs