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

They add, "The Voting Rights Act and its extensions have been among the most bipartisan and overwhelmingly supported votes in American history, including the 25-year renewal in 2006 by 98-0 in the Senate and 390-33 in the House."

"Last month, the leaders of the Judiciary Committee that reported out the 2006 bill--Democrat John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Republican James Sensenbrenner (R-WI)--issued a unique joint statement and filed a bipartisan amicus to the Court saying the Voting Rights Act with its Section Five 'protects our most fundamental right—the right to vote. This law has empowered minorities to participate in the election process, but the threat of discrimination is not yet extinct.'"  The Judiciary Committee had taken 12,000 pages of testimony.

Weiner and Mann say the Court still might rule in favor of the Act -–"There is a window:  Perhaps Scalia's earlier comment that 'this Court doesn't like to get involved in racial questions such as this one... that can be left to Congress' will be his better side and will be the Court's attitude. The 15 th Amendment says 'Congress shall have the power.'"

However, they say Congress can and should counteract the Court if it strikes down the Act: "If the Supreme Court knocks the law down or diminishes it, this should be one of those rare circumstances where the Congress effectively reverses the Supreme Court and reenacts the bill, perhaps changing a word or two so that it can say there is a difference."

They conclude with an exhortation to all citizens to read the Constitution: "Some weeks ago we went out and bought a little pamphlet for a couple of dollars with the text of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.  The whole thing is about 1/20th a normal paperback novel's length.  You can read and circle phrases in it in an hour or two.  There is much talk these days about the Constitution.  Some people try to make it seem complicated.  That's just a way of keeping we the people from our power.  There is also enormous biased usage of the wording.  We want an informed electorate, and everyone should read it and even carry the small pamphlet around." 

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