House Judiciary Committee Announces Oversight of Voting Rights Act Hearing with Department of Justice
Washington, D.C. - Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Chairman Steve Cohen (D-TN) announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Monday, August 16th at 10 A.M. EDT with Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Kristen M. Clarke to discuss potential legislative responses to ongoing threats to voting rights. The announcement comes following the release of the Subcommittee on Elections of the Committee on House Administration's staff report, "Voting in America: Ensuring Free and Fair Access to the Ballot."
Chairman Nadler and Subcommittee Chairman Cohen issued the following joint statement:
“Fifty six years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965, perhaps our nation’s most important civil rights law. Many Americans, including our late beloved colleague John Lewis, marched, struggled, and shed their blood to secure this sacred right for all. Sadly, despite the progress that had been made under the VRA, our democracy faces a perilous moment, as the right to vote has been under constant threat in many states in recent years.
Additional details for the hearing can be found below:
Kristen M. Clarke
**Additional witnesses to be announced at a later date.**
WHAT: "Oversight of the Voting Rights Act: Potential Legislative Reforms"
WHEN: August 16, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. EDT
WHERE: Zoom Video WebinarWATCH: The virtual hearing will stream live here.