WASHINGTON, DC— Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) issued the following statement today honoring the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, marking one of the most significant legislative achievements in our nation's history. This historic legislation changed the course of American history by ending legal discrimination and segregation in public places, bringing America a step closer to fulfilling our founding promise of equality.

As we honor the brave men and women who stood up to injustice and hatred to make this law a reality, let us rededicate ourselves to the goals of equality and opportunity for all. Today, this means coming together to renew the Voting Rights Act, the landmark law passed following the Civil Right Act to enforce the 15th Amendment to our Constitution. States across the country are passing increasingly restrictive voting laws at alarming rates in the wake of the Supreme Court’s unfortunate ruling last year that struck down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act. Now, more than ever, we must pass the bipartisan Voting Rights Amendment Act to end voter discrimination and give everyone equal access to this essential act of American citizenship.”