Congressman Albio Sires released the following statement on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington:
"Today marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Dr. Martin Luther King gave his historic "I Have A Dream" speech that inspired a nation. More than 200,000 people -- of all races and backgrounds -- came from all over the country to participate in the March, calling for fundamental social and economic justice for all Americans, at a time when many public facilities in regions of the country were still segregated. "
"Less than one year after the March, on July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act, into law. Then, a year later, on August 6, 1965, President Johnson signed the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act, which has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans."
"Progress must continue. The first key step that Congress must take this year is to restore the power of the Voting Rights Act by enacting a legislative fix in response to the Supreme Court decision in June, which declared part of it unconstitutional. This legislative fix must fully protect the right to vote for years to come."
"We must ensure that ladders of opportunity are available to every American. By taking such steps as expanding early childhood education, making college more affordable, investing in effective job training, and raising the minimum wage, we can do much more to expand opportunity. We must continue to strive until Dr. King's vision is finally realized and America fully lives up to its true promise and ideals."