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Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006

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FANNIE LOU HAMER, ROSA PARKS, AND CORETTA SCOTT KING VOTING RIGHTS ACT REAUTHORIZATION AND AMENDMENTS ACT OF 2006 -- (House of Representatives - July 13, 2006)

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Mr. BARROW. Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to this amendment because it will actually make it harder for the Justice Department to use its authority under section 5 to prevent discrimination from taking root.

It will do this by forcing the Department to treat those jurisdictions where the disease of discrimination is in remission as though the disease was cured once and for all.

It will make it harder for the Department to do its job by forcing the Department to turn way from treating the disease where it is still rampant, and spend all of its resource reexamining and re-reexamining and re-re-reexamining those places where it is in remission.

No doctor trying to eliminate a disease would regard remission as a cure, and neither should the Voting Rights Act.

No doctor trying to eliminate a disease would ignore those who are obviously sick and spend all his time treating a patient whose disease is in remission, and neither should the Voting Rights Act.

I was raised on the Ten Commandants, as was the sponsor of this amendment, and one of those commandments is one that I know he knows. It says, ``Thou shall not steal.''

Well, this amendment does not come right out and violate or break that commandment, but it does make it easier for those folks to break that commandment.

I, therefore, urge my colleagues to oppose this amendment.

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