Rep. John Lewis: SCOTUS Decision 'A dagger in the very heart of the Voting Rights Act'

Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis reacts to the Supreme Court's voting rights decision.
1:43 | 06/25/13

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Congressman what is your initial reaction to the Supreme Court saying that the voting rights act is outdated. In disbelief. That members of the Supreme Court would take this position. With -- the distance we made progress. But -- -- progress to be me. I think put to Supreme Court did was to put it acted. Never caught with a pulled right -- -- 1965. This I helped liberate. Not just for people with -- nation. And they are saying that be the heart of the voting rights act still stays but the the burden now will be on on congress to move this forward what -- given -- state of this congress. Your history with this institution. What is your hope that this congress would be able to do. Well in 06 who we have the ability and the capacity to come together. -- not partisan fashion to renew the voting -- -- The 1965. I'm not so sure. Whether we have the wheels. To do what we must do. And should do what type of moment is this for American history today I think in this moment -- the terrorists they head moment. People who gave the -- to bring us to -- real. -- -- -- -- -- -- I was there on August 6196 of fine. Then president Johnson signed a vote and excited and engaged he wanted to -- that he used to sign the -- And this was -- and moment. Hello democracy.

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