Can Congress Fix Voting Rights Act? Even It Isn't Sure

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013  |  Updated 7:12 AM EDT
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Can Congress Fix Voting Rights Act? Even It Isn't Sure

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Can Congress really resolve the Supreme Court's issues with the Voting Rights Act, as the high court allowed it to do in its ruling Tuesday invalidating a key component of the law? Even members of this deeply divided Congress aren't so sure it's up to the task. "There is a theoretical path for Congress to update the statute in ways that would make it constitutional," a White House official acknowledged, but NBC News' chief White House affairs correspondent Chuck Todd said he doubts Congress is "mature enough" to handle it. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy tried Tuesday to get the ball rolling on a redraw of the VRA's map of which jurisdictions need federal pre-clearance of any new voting laws — but his fellow Democrat and committee member Sen. Chuck Schumer wasn't so sure. "As long as Republicans have a majority in the House and Democrats don't have 60 votes in the Senate, there will be no preclearance," he predicted.

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