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S. 1659 - Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015

Government operations and politics. 114th Congress (2015-2016) View bill details
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Summary:
A bill to amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes. (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill has been referred to committee. 
There have been no votes on this bill.

Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015

S. 1659 — 114th Congress (2015–2016)

Summary
A bill to amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes.
Other Titles
  • Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015
  • Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015
Sponsor
Patrick J. Leahy
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Government operations and politics
  • Civil actions and liability
  • Federal-Indian relations
  • Jurisdiction and venue
  • Racial and ethnic relations
  • State and local government operations
  • Voting rights
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Major Actions
Introduced6/24/2015
Referred to Committee
Bill History

There have been no votes on this bill.

ActionDateDescription
Introduced6/24/2015
6/24/2015Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
6/24/2015Introduced in Senate
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Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

58 Organizations Supported and 0 Opposed; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015

58 organizations supported this bill

Advocates for Youth
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
AFL-CIO
Gebre, Tefere (2015, June 24). AFL-CIO Vice President Tefere Gebre Applauds the Introduction of the Voting Rights Advancement Act. Retrieved June 25, 2015, from AFL-CIO.
AIDS United
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
American Civil Liberties Union
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (2015, June 25). AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders Statement on the Voting Rights Advancement Act. Retrieved June 25, 2015, from American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (2015, June 24). ADC Applauds Introduction of Voting Rights Advancement Act, Heads to Roanoke Tomorrow to Rally for Voting Rights!. Retrieved June 25, 2015, from American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
Anti-Defamation League
Anti-Defamation League (2015, June 25). ADL Applauds Introduction of Voting Rights Advancement Act. Retrieved June 29, 2015, from ADL.
Arab American Institute
Arab American Institute (2015, July 27). Tell Your Rep. to Support the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015. Retrieved September 16, 2015, from AAI.
Athlete Ally
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
BiNet USA
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
Bisexual Resource Center
Undersigned organizations (2015, September 16). VRAA Coalition Letter. Retrieved March 10, 2016, from National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.
Brennan Center for Justice
Brennan Center for Justice (2015, June 24). Two Years After Shelby County: Congress Must Restore Voting Rights Act. Retrieved June 25, 2015, from Brennan Center for Justice.
Campaign Legal Center
Campaign Legal Center (2015, June 24). Short Film About Victim of Texas Voter ID Law Shows Why We Need to Pass The Voting Rights Advancement Act Being Introduced Today. Retrieved June 25, 2015, from Campaign Legal Center.
Center for Black Equity
Undersigned organizations (2015, September 16). VRAA Coalition Letter. Retrieved March 10, 2016, from National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.
CenterLink
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
Colage
Undersigned organizations (2015, September 16). VRAA Coalition Letter. Retrieved March 10, 2016, from National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.
Common Cause
Common Cause (2015, June 24). Common Cause Hails Introduction of Voting Rights Advancement Act. Retrieved June 25, 2015, from Common Cause.
Communications Workers of America
Communications Workers of America (2015, June 25). Roanoke Rally Calls for Action on Voting Rights. Retrieved June 25, 2015, from Communications Workers of America.
CREDO Action
Credo Action (2015, September 11). Sign the petition: Fix the Voting Rights Act now. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from Credo Action.
Demos
Undersigned organizations (2015, September 16). VRAA Coalition Letter. Retrieved March 10, 2016, from National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.
Equality California
Undersigned organizations (2015, September 16). VRAA Coalition Letter. Retrieved March 10, 2016, from National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.
Equality Federation
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
Fair Elections Legal Network
Fair Elections Legal Network (2015, June 24). STATEMENT: Two Years After Shelby Co., the Fight to Restore the Voting Rights Act Continues. Retrieved June 25, 2015, from Fair Elections Legal Network.
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
Undersigned organizations (2015, September 16). VRAA Coalition Letter. Retrieved March 10, 2016, from National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.
GLAAD
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
Human Rights Campaign
Remington, Gregg (2015, June 24). HRC Endorses Voting Rights Advancement Act. Retrieved June 25, 2015, from Human Rights Campaign.
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (2015, June 25). Congressional Dems Introduce Voting Rights Act Fix. Retrieved June 25, 2015, from International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
Keshet
Undersigned organizations (2015, September 16). VRAA Coalition Letter. Retrieved March 10, 2016, from National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.
Lambda Legal
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Henderson, Wade & Zirkin, Nancy (2015, June 24). Co-Sponsor The Voting Rights Advancement Act. Retrieved June 25, 2015, from Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.
league of united latin american citizens
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
League of Women Voters
Ceballos, Kelly (2015, June 24). Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 Introduced in U.S. Congress. Retrieved June 25, 2015, from League of Women Voters.
Marriage Equality USA
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
Metropolitan Community Churches
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
MALDEF (2015, June 25). MALDEF Statement Supporting New Voting Rights Advancement Bill. Retrieved July 1, 2015, from MALDEF.
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (2015, June 24). LDF Statement in Support of Voting Rights Advancement Act. Retrieved June 25, 2015, from NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD)
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
Undersigned organizations (2015, September 16). VRAA Coalition Letter. Retrieved March 10, 2016, from National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.
National Black Justice Coalition
National Black Justice Coalition (2015, August 6). Recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Black Justice Coalition.
National Center for Lesbian Rights
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
National Center for Transgender Equality
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
National Council of Jewish Women
National Council of Jewish Women (2015, June 25). NCJW Endorses New Voting Rights Reform Bill. Retrieved July 1, 2015, from National Council of Jewish Women.
National Council of La Raza
National Council of La Raza (2015, June 25). NCLR Applauds Introduction of “Voting Rights Advancement Act”. Retrieved June 25, 2015, from National Council of La Raza.
National Council on Independent Living
Undersigned organizations (2015, September 16). VRAA Coalition Letter. Retrieved March 10, 2016, from National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.
National Education Association
National Education Association (2015, June 26). Urge Your Senators and Representative to Support the Voting Rights Advancement Act. Retrieved June 29, 2015, from NEA.
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
National Minority AIDS Council
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
Out and Equal Workplace Advocates
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
PFLAG
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
Pride at Work
Undersigned organizations (2015, August 3). Coalition Letter to Congress. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
Project Vote
Slater, Michael (2015, June 24). Project Vote Letter Re: Voting Rights Advancement Act. Retrieved June 25, 2015, from Project Vote.
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (2015, September 11). Urge Congress to Restore Voting Rights. Retrieved September 11, 2015, from Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism.
Sierra Club
Sierra Club (2015, June 25). Sierra Club Supports Voting Rights Advancement Act. Retrieved June 25, 2015, from Sierra Club.
The Trevor Project
Undersigned organizations (2015, September 16). VRAA Coalition Letter. Retrieved March 10, 2016, from National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.
Trans People of Color Coalition
Undersigned organizations (2015, September 16). VRAA Coalition Letter. Retrieved March 10, 2016, from National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.
True Colors Fund
Undersigned organizations (2015, September 16). VRAA Coalition Letter. Retrieved March 10, 2016, from National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.

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Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office during the 114th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, November 29, 2010 – November 28, 2016.
Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

Contributions by Legislator

Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$38,450$0
Kelly AyotteRNH$40,118$0
Tammy BaldwinDWI$1,078,400$0
John BarrassoRWY$1,000$0
Michael F. BennetDCO$1,252,466$0
Richard BlumenthalDCT$146,264$0
Roy BluntRMO$109,630$0
Cory A. BookerDNJ$394,796$0
John BoozmanRAR$11,585$0
Barbara BoxerDCA$9,147$0
Sherrod BrownDOH$871,440$0
Richard BurrRNC$23,950$0
Maria CantwellDWA$162,634$0
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$20,500$0
Ben CardinDMD$135,275$0
Tom CarperDDE$43,700$0
Bob CaseyDPA$237,837$0
Bill CassidyRLA$48,849$0
Daniel CoatsRIN$0$0
William Thad CochranRMS$31,700$0
Susan M. CollinsRME$67,750$0
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$136,222$0
Bob CorkerRTN$15,600$0
John CornynRTX$5,000$0
Tom CottonRAR$29,387$0
Mike CrapoRID$0$0
Ted CruzRTX$17,099$0
Steve DainesRMT$2,400$0
Joe DonnellyDIN$189,690$0
Dick DurbinDIL$205,049$0
Mike EnziRWY$2,000$0
Joni ErnstRIA$750$0
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$82,344$0
Deb FischerRNE$1,750$0
Jeff FlakeRAZ$1,500$0
Al FrankenDMN$476,022$0
Cory GardnerRCO$10,453$0
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$313,028$0
Lindsey GrahamRSC$50,363$0
Chuck GrassleyRIA$11,050$0
Orrin G. HatchRUT$21,550$0
Martin HeinrichDNM$527,563$0
Heidi HeitkampDND$136,627$0
Dean HellerRNV$9,500$0
Mazie K. HironoDHI$295,543$0
John HoevenRND$4,833$0
Jim InhofeROK$5,250$0
Johnny IsaksonRGA$4,100$0
Ron JohnsonRWI$5,725$0
Tim KaineDVA$868,193$0
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$90,285$0
Mark KirkRIL$30,001$0
Amy KlobucharDMN$123,235$0
James LankfordROK$24,500$0
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$185,533$0
Mike LeeRUT$253$0
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$86,625$0
Ed MarkeyDMA$744,854$0
John McCainRAZ$46,918$0
Claire McCaskillDMO$325,653$0
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$27,400$0
Bob MenéndezDNJ$158,450$0
Jeff MerkleyDOR$338,315$0
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$6,250$0
Jerry MoranRKS$20,500$0
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$27,658$0
Chris MurphyDCT$521,537$0
Patty MurrayDWA$395,475$0
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$206,700$0
Rand PaulRKY$5,395$0
David PerdueRGA$5,400$0
Gary C. PetersDMI$896,354$0
Rob PortmanROH$51,901$0
John "Jack" ReedDRI$62,475$0
Harry ReidDNV$27,067$0
Jim RischRID$1,000$0
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$4,439$0
Mike RoundsRSD$1,750$0
Marco RubioRFL$34,285$0
Bernie SandersIVT$440,032$0
Ben SasseRNE$5,700$0
Brian SchatzDHI$497,938$0
Chuck SchumerDNY$314,650$0
Tim ScottRSC$13,300$0
Jeff SessionsRAL$0$0
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$467,710$0
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$0$0
Debbie StabenowDMI$190,301$0
Dan SullivanRAK$7,345$0
Jon TesterDMT$535,107$0
John ThuneRSD$17,896$0
Thom TillisRNC$7,201$0
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$53,855$0
Tom UdallDNM$342,061$0
David VitterRLA$19,800$0
Mark R. WarnerDVA$173,152$0
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$2,283,553$0
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$222,267$0
Roger F. WickerRMS$6,750$0
Ron WydenDOR$302,878$0

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NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$38,450$0
Kelly AyotteRNH$40,118$0
Tammy BaldwinDWI$1,078,400$0
John BarrassoRWY$1,000$0
Michael F. BennetDCO$1,252,466$0
Richard BlumenthalDCT$146,264$0
Roy BluntRMO$109,630$0
Cory A. BookerDNJ$394,796$0
John BoozmanRAR$11,585$0
Barbara BoxerDCA$9,147$0
Sherrod BrownDOH$871,440$0
Richard BurrRNC$23,950$0
Maria CantwellDWA$162,634$0
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$20,500$0
Ben CardinDMD$135,275$0
Tom CarperDDE$43,700$0
Bob CaseyDPA$237,837$0
Bill CassidyRLA$48,849$0
Daniel CoatsRIN$0$0
William Thad CochranRMS$31,700$0
Susan M. CollinsRME$67,750$0
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$136,222$0
Bob CorkerRTN$15,600$0
John CornynRTX$5,000$0
Tom CottonRAR$29,387$0
Mike CrapoRID$0$0
Ted CruzRTX$17,099$0
Steve DainesRMT$2,400$0
Joe DonnellyDIN$189,690$0
Dick DurbinDIL$205,049$0
Mike EnziRWY$2,000$0
Joni ErnstRIA$750$0
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$82,344$0
Deb FischerRNE$1,750$0
Jeff FlakeRAZ$1,500$0
Al FrankenDMN$476,022$0
Cory GardnerRCO$10,453$0
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$313,028$0
Lindsey GrahamRSC$50,363$0
Chuck GrassleyRIA$11,050$0
Orrin G. HatchRUT$21,550$0
Martin HeinrichDNM$527,563$0
Heidi HeitkampDND$136,627$0
Dean HellerRNV$9,500$0
Mazie K. HironoDHI$295,543$0
John HoevenRND$4,833$0
Jim InhofeROK$5,250$0
Johnny IsaksonRGA$4,100$0
Ron JohnsonRWI$5,725$0
Tim KaineDVA$868,193$0
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$90,285$0
Mark KirkRIL$30,001$0
Amy KlobucharDMN$123,235$0
James LankfordROK$24,500$0
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$185,533$0
Mike LeeRUT$253$0
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$86,625$0
Ed MarkeyDMA$744,854$0
John McCainRAZ$46,918$0
Claire McCaskillDMO$325,653$0
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$27,400$0
Bob MenéndezDNJ$158,450$0
Jeff MerkleyDOR$338,315$0
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$6,250$0
Jerry MoranRKS$20,500$0
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$27,658$0
Chris MurphyDCT$521,537$0
Patty MurrayDWA$395,475$0
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$206,700$0
Rand PaulRKY$5,395$0
David PerdueRGA$5,400$0
Gary C. PetersDMI$896,354$0
Rob PortmanROH$51,901$0
John "Jack" ReedDRI$62,475$0
Harry ReidDNV$27,067$0
Jim RischRID$1,000$0
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$4,439$0
Mike RoundsRSD$1,750$0
Marco RubioRFL$34,285$0
Bernie SandersIVT$440,032$0
Ben SasseRNE$5,700$0
Brian SchatzDHI$497,938$0
Chuck SchumerDNY$314,650$0
Tim ScottRSC$13,300$0
Jeff SessionsRAL$0$0
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$467,710$0
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$0$0
Debbie StabenowDMI$190,301$0
Dan SullivanRAK$7,345$0
Jon TesterDMT$535,107$0
John ThuneRSD$17,896$0
Thom TillisRNC$7,201$0
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$53,855$0
Tom UdallDNM$342,061$0
David VitterRLA$19,800$0
Mark R. WarnerDVA$173,152$0
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$2,283,553$0
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$222,267$0
Roger F. WickerRMS$6,750$0
Ron WydenDOR$302,878$0

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Democratic/Liberal$7,379,240
Environmental policy$5,398,859
Teachers unions$910,780
Gay & lesbian rights & issues$815,726
Manufacturing unions$704,480
Minority/Ethnic Groups$612,336
Children's rights$563,701
Health & welfare policy$547,752
Churches, clergy & religious organizations$525,766
State & local govt employee unions$455,196
Communications & hi-tech unions$341,900
Labor Unions$197,000
Human Rights$45,000
AIDS treatment & testing$7,300
Consumer groups$750

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

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