House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said Sunday that his panel will hold hearings on the Voting Rights Act following last week’s Supreme Court ruling that struck down a central portion of the law, but said there was no guarantee of legislation.
“We will hold hearings on this next month, we will look at what the Supreme Court was talking about in terms of old data, we will look at what new data is available, and we will make sure that peoples freedom to vote in elections in this country is protected,” Goodlatte said on the CNN program “State of the Union.”
In a 5-4 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court struck down a formula used to determine whether state and local governments must get permission from the federal government before changing their voting laws.
The court's opinon argued that the formula was outdated, throwing it back to Congress to update the criteria.
But efforts to revise the statute face large hurdles.
President Obama criticized the court's ruling and House Democrats met last week to discuss ways to press for renewing those voting rights protections.