House leaders table renewal of Voting Rights Act under pressure from Southern Republicans
By LAURIE KELLMAN
WASHINGTON (AP) House GOP leaders on Wednesday tabled the renewal of the
1965 Voting Rights Act Wednesday under objections from Southern Republicans who complained during a private meeting that the legislation unfairly singles out their states for federal oversight, a leadership aide said.
The act, passed to end racist voting practices, had been set for a House vote Wednesday on its renewal, with Republican and Democratic leaders behind it.
It was unclear whether the objections could be resolved this year, said the aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been made public.