President Obama says he's "deeply disappointed" with Tuesday's Supreme Court decision striking down a provision of the Voting Rights Act, and called on Congress to revamp the law.
The ruling "upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent," said the nation's first African-American president in a written statement.
Obama also called on Congress to pass a new provision of the law requiring federal preclearance of election plans in states and jurisdictions with a history of discrimination.
"While today's decision is a setback, it doesn't represent the end of our efforts to end voting discrimination," Obama said.
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Vice President Biden also voiced disappointment with the high court ruling, saying that "voting is a fundamental right" and "voting discrimination still exists."
Speaking at a White House event on raising the minimum wage, Biden said "we're going to work with Congress" on revamping the Voting Rights Act.
Attorney General Eric Holder also weighed in, calling the decision "a serious setback for voting rights."
Obama's full statement:
"I am deeply disappointed with the Supreme Court's decision today.
"For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act -- enacted and repeatedly renewed by wide bipartisan majorities in Congress -- has helped secure the right to vote for millions of Americans.
"Today's decision invalidating one of its core provisions upsets decades of well-established practices that help make sure voting is fair, especially in places where voting discrimination has been historically prevalent.
"As a nation, we've made a great deal of progress towards guaranteeing every American the right to vote. But, as the Supreme Court recognized, voting discrimination still exists.
"And while today's decision is a setback, it doesn't represent the end of our efforts to end voting discrimination.
"I am calling on Congress to pass legislation to ensure every American has equal access to the polls. My Administration will continue to do everything in its power to ensure a fair and equal voting process."