Statement by the President on the Supreme Court Ruling on Shelby County v. Holder:
“I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today. For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act – enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress – has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans. Today’s decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.
“As a nation, we’ve made a great deal of progress towards guaranteeing every American the right to vote. But, as the Supreme Court recognized, voting discrimination still exists. And while today’s decision is a setback, it doesn’t represent the end of our efforts to end voting discrimination. I am calling on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls. My Administration will continue to do everything in its power to ensure a fair and equal voting process.”
Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act:
“I am deeply disappointed that this morning, the Supreme Court struck down an integral part of the Voting Rights Act.
“Over the last several decades, the Voting Rights Act has played an essential role in helping our country become more accountable and more responsive by protecting citizens’ right to vote and be represented, which is the foundation of our democracy. Today’s decision is a major setback for voting rights, and it will have very real, negative consequences for voters.
“When Congress reauthorized the Voting Rights Act in 2006, it did so with enormous bipartisan support: over 390 members of the House of Representatives voted for its passage, along with 98 members of the Senate. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to come together in a similarly bipartisan fashion to strengthen the Voting Rights Act, and redouble our efforts to make sure that every American citizen has the opportunity to make their voice heard at the polls.”