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Senate Leader Reid warns civil rights 'under siege'

Wednesday - 7/31/2013, 9:10pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is warning that civil rights in the U.S. are again "under siege."

Marking the 50th anniversary of the famous March on Washington, Reid cited the Supreme Court's decision in June that invalidates a key part of the Voting Rights Act.

He says some states, including Texas, moved quickly after the court decision to implement rules that could prevent minorities, the elderly, women and others from voting.

Reid's comments come as members of Congress mark the anniversary of the 1963 march which included the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech from the Lincoln Memorial.

House Speaker John Boehner also noted the significance of the march, while praising those who've led the nation's civil rights movement. The march took place Aug. 28, 1963. Congress observed the anniversary today because the actual date falls during the August recess.

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259-a-11-(Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in remarks)-"red buses. Buses"-Senator Harry Reid says he was working as a U.S. Capitol police officer at the time of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and knew, even then, it was a great mooment that brought thousands of Americans together for a cause. (31 Jul 2013)


257-a-16-(Congressman John Lewis, D-Ga., in remarks)-"more just society"-Congressman John Lewis, who took part in the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, says it was one of the country's finest hours. (31 Jul 2013)


261-a-14-(House Minoirty Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in remarks)-"motivation to act"-House Minoirty Leader Nancy Pelosi says Martin Luther King Junior's urgent call for justice for all Americans at the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom inspired thousands to join the fight for civil rights. (31 Jul 2013)


258-a-10-(Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in remarks)-"meet the moment"-Senator Mitch McConnell says he was a college student who attended the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and knew it was a watershed event in American history. (31 Jul 2013)


260-a-11-(House Speaker John Boehner (BAY-nur), R-Ohio, in remarks)-"for the ages"-House Speaker John Boehner says the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was a momentous day in America. (31 Jul 2013)

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