Congressman Carney today released the following statement on the Supreme Court's decision striking down critical elements of the Voting Rights Act:
"Today's decision is a step back for civil rights, and a step back for our country. While the Voting Rights Act was signed into law nearly 50 years ago, the sad truth is that its protections are still needed today. For proof, we need look no further than our nation's most recent election, where we saw efforts across the country that made it harder for people to get to the ballot box.
"The Court has put the responsibility for strengthening voter protections back in the hands of Congress. We should take this as an opportunity to make it easier -- not harder -- for people to vote. This issue is too important to let partisanship get in the way of progress, as it too often has in recent years.
"I am hopeful that my colleagues will find the political will to quickly pass legislation ensuring that all Americans -- regardless of the color of their skin or where their polling place is -- can exercise one of their most fundamental freedoms: the right to vote."