|July 15-20, 2006--The National Association for the Advancement of Colored
People (NAACP) held its 97th Annual Convention as Congress considered reauthorization
of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. In accordance with the Convention
theme, "Voting our values, valuing our votes," attendees lobbied on Capitol
Hill and a youth contingent marched there. A Wednesday panel featured
Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Barack
Obama (D-IL). On Thursday President George W. Bush made his first
appearance before the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization
since he was elected.
As the Convention drew to a close, extension of the Voting Rights Act for another 25 years appeared certain. In his speech President Bush indicated he would sign the legislation. The Senate approved the bill later in the afternoon by a vote of 98-0; the House voted for renewal by a vote of 390-33 on July 13.
H.R. 9 - Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006
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