Chairman Xavier Becerra on 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act

July 2, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Xavier Becerra (CA-34), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, released the following statement on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law:

“Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and called on Americans to ‘lay aside irrelevant differences and make our nation whole.’

“We must remember that passage of this bill did not come easy. And we cannot forget all those who fought for justice and who pushed our nation’s institutions to make good on its promise that all men, and all women, are created equal and deserve equal protection under our laws.

“If we are to honor their legacy, then we must continue their fight. Last year, a divided Supreme Court weakened the Voting Rights Act and put millions of Americans’ right to vote in jeopardy. Now Congress has a chance to correct that injustice by voting for the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014. And like in 1964, today’s members of Congress have the opportunity to be on the right side of history. Their actions in this Congress will dictate which side they are on.”