We Will Fight to the Finish for Texas
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today after a three-judge federal panel upheld a new congressional
map for Texas:
decision undermines the Voting Rights Act by disadvantaging not
only the 3.6 million Hispanics and African Americans in Texas, but
minority Americans across the country, whose voting rights will
no longer be protected by federal law. This is just the latest attempt
by President Bush, Tom DeLay, and other Republicans to dismantle
the Voting Rights Act that has protected the rights of minority
voters for 40 years.
redistricting plan shows once again that when Republicans cannot
win elections fair and square, they rig the rules. That is a disservice
to Texans and all Americans who value our democracy.
"This decision will be immediately appealed to the U.S. Supreme
Court. We will fight to the finish for Texas.
of the outcome of the appeal, Democrats in Texas have won difficult
campaigns in competitive districts in the past and will again this
year. They are extremely talented and valuable to their state, to
the Congress, and to the entire country. We will do everything we
can to re-elect all our Democratic Members."