Letter to the editor: 1964 fact check

Posted 3/5/21

 

In a recent letter to the editor, a letter writer made the assertion that Republicans were opposed to the 1964 Civil Right Act and tried to filibuster the legislation to prevent its …

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Letter to the editor: 1964 fact check

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In a recent letter to the editor, a letter writer made the assertion that Republicans were opposed to the 1964 Civil Right Act and tried to filibuster the legislation to prevent its passage. The assertion is false and the record needs to be set straight. A few minutes of fact checking with the internet will convince anyone interested of the following:
1) The filibuster was conducted by Democrats and led by the following Democrat Senators:
William Fulbright – Arkansas
John McClellan – Arkansas
Sam Ervin – North Carolina
Richard Russel - Georgia
Herman Talmadge – Georgia
Russell Long – Louisiana
Robert Byrd - West Virginia
Strom Thurmond – South Carolina (note that Senator Thurmond later became a Republican)
2) The filibuster began in March 1964 and lasted for 60 working days in the senate.
3) When a cloture vote was finally taken to end the filibuster, over 80% of the Republican senators (27/33) voted to end the filibuster. The cloture motion would not have passed without this strong Republican support.
4) Voting for cloture were 46 Democrats and 27 Republicans. Voting against cloture were 21 Democrats and 6 Republicans.
In these current, contentions times with sharp disagreement and animosity between the parties, it would behoove all of us to spend some time to verify the accuracy of our beliefs, instead of spouting off with grossly incorrect assumptions. Perhaps such efforts would result in a more congenial state of affairs between the parties.
Michael Harris,
Arvada

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