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What will Congress do now about the Voting Rights Act?

Updated 6:09 p.m.:

The question of how Congress might respond to the Supreme Court ruling regarding the Voting Rights Act was perhaps best reflected Tuesday in how congressional leaders responded.

Democrats quickly denounced the decision, saying it will roll back protections still needed across the country – and perhaps in some states currently not covered by the law. Republicans said little, while some agreed with the court’s majority opinion that the country has changed.

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) told reporters that the decision to roll back provisions of the law allowing special federal oversight of certain states made Tuesday “a dark day for the Supreme Court.”