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  • Hastings’ Statement on the 7th Anniversary of Citizens United
    Posted in Press Releases on January 21, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Election Reform

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement marking the 7th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling: “It has been seven years since the Supreme Court’s disastrous Citizens United decision dramatically altered political spending in our country. The Citizens United ruling has opened the floodgates to corporations and special interest groups, allowing them to make unlimited contributions and political expenditures to in... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on Trump Rejection of CIA Assessment
    Posted in Press Releases on December 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Election Reform, Homeland Security, Judiciary Issues, Intelligence Gathering

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement in response to President-Elect Trump’s rejection of the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) assessment that Russia interfered with the U.S. election: “Last weeks’ CIA assessment that Russia intervened in the 2016 Presidential Election is extremely alarming. Equally alarming is President-Elect Trump’s rejection of these findings and continuous denigration of the American intelligence community. Whether it is due to naive... Read more

  • Hastings Urges Passage of Voter Empowerment Act
    Posted in Press Releases on March 19, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Election Reform

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20) made the following statement in support for H.R. 12, the Voter Empowerment Act (VEA): “The right to vote is a pillar of our democracy, and yet, the fight to protect this basic right and ensure access to the ballot box continues. That is why I was proud to join Rep. John Lewis (GA-5), House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5), Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (SC-6), Rep. John Conyers (MI-13), Rep. Robert Brady (PA-1), and more than 170 Democrat... Read more

  • Hastings Introduces Resolution Designating August 6th as “National Voting Rights Day”
    Posted in Press Releases on February 24, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Election Reform, Judiciary Issues

    Today, Representative Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) introduced a resolution to establish a National Voting Rights Day, on which the magnitude of the Voting Rights Act would be recognized. (Please find attached a copy of the resolution): “Each February we celebrate Black History Month by commemorating the achievements of African Americans and their invaluable contributions to our nation’s history. Few pieces of legislation have had a more profound effect on the African American community in this count... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the Fifth Anniversary of Citizens United
    Posted in Press Releases on January 21, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Election Reform, Judiciary Issues

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement in recognition of the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling: “Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, which permits corporations and special interests to contribute, essentially anonymously, unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns. In the five short years since its ruling, the Court’s decision has had a catastrophic... Read more

  • Hastings Denounces Supreme Court Decision to Allow Texas to Enforce New Voter ID Law
    Posted in Press Releases on October 21, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Election Reform, Judiciary Issues

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow Texas to enforce its restrictive voter ID law in next month’s elections: “I am deeply disturbed by the Supreme Court’s order permitting Texas to implement its new voter ID law. The Court’s decision, released early Saturday morning, marks the first time in more than two decades that it has permitted a law restricting citizens’ access to the voting booth to be enforced after a federal cour... Read more

  • Hastings Cosponsors Democracy is for All Constitutional Amendment
    Posted in Press Releases on July 15, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Election Reform

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement after joining the Democracy is for All constitutional amendment as an original co-sponsor. The legislation was introduced by Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL), Donna Edwards (D-MD), and Jim McGovern (D-MA). It would reverse the highly controversial Supreme Court decisions in Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC, which have given corporations and wealthy donors undue influence in our elections. Read the text of the a... Read more

  • Hastings Marks 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act
    Posted in Press Releases on July 2, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Election Reform, Judiciary Issues

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: “Fifty years ago, on July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act. This landmark legislation prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Furthermore, governments could no longer discriminate or prohibit access to public buildings, and Jim Crow laws were terminated in the South. “Over time, t... Read more

  • Hastings on Anniversary of Devastating Shelby County v. Holder Decision
    Posted in Press Releases on June 25, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Election Reform

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20) made the following statement on the first anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision: “The Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision dealt a severe blow to voter protections nationwide. The Voting Rights Act (VRA) has stood as an essential safeguard against racial discrimination in our political system for decades, but Shelby County significantly undermined its effectiveness. “When it comes time for voting, voter suppre... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on Supreme Court’s Flawed McCutcheon Decision
    Posted in Press Releases on April 2, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Election Reform

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in McCutcheon v. F.E.C.: “Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is a giant step backward for our nation. This ruling doubles down on policies that force elected officials to prioritize fundraising over legislating, and allows a few wealthy donors to overwhelm grassroots campaigns with money for their favored issues and candidates. It will undoubtedly further drown out the voices of o... Read more