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Chabot Statement on President Bush Signing Voting Rights Act

Location: Washington, DC

Chabot Statement on President Bush Signing Voting Rights Act
July 27, 2006

Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Steve Chabot (R-Cincinnati) today attended a White House ceremony where the President signed the reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act. Chabot, Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, has been widely praised for his bipartisan leadership on this important issue.

"The right to vote is a cornerstone of our democracy, safeguarding our freedoms and all other rights in the Constitution," Chabot stated. "It is important that this fundamental right is protected for every citizen. Our bipartisan coalition put a significant amount of time and effort into moving this critical legislation forward and I thank all those who worked tirelessly to renew the Voting Rights Act."

Chabot helped craft the bipartisan legislation, presiding over 12 hearings on the VRA and hearing testimony from 47 witnesses in the Constitution Subcommittee. Chabot introduced the legislation on May 2 along with House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, the bill's sponsor, House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Judiciary Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Mel Watt (D-NC), Judiciary Constitution Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA).

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