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More Civil-Rights-Era Republican Good Deeds


John Fonte did a great job yesterday in documenting the role of Republicans in passing the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The other landmark legislation of the era was the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Here again, the Republican numbers were better than the Democrats’. House Republicans voted in its favor by a margin of 111 to 20 (85 percent, vs. 80 percent for House Democrats) and Senate Republicans by a margin of 30 to 1 (97 percent, vs. 74 percent for Senate Democrats). The one Republican dissenter in the Senate, as I recall, was Ol’ Strom.


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