John Cornyn: Obama ‘does not speak for the U.S. government exclusively’

Cornyn addressed the issue of voting rights, which Obama championed in his speech in Selma, Ala., on Sunday commemorating the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. Obama urged Congress to heed the Supreme Court’s call to amend the Voting Rights Act to reinstate the Department of Justice’s ability to oversee jurisdictions that have had a history of discriminating against minority voters. Cornyn said that the push to fix the so-called “pre-clearance” provision, which was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2013, is an effort to “drive divisions and create phony narratives.” Cornyn, who is responsible for scheduling floor votes, said he does not believe Congress should take up legislation to amend the act. He is the first top GOP Congressional leader to publicly say so.

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