Legal Processes in Race Relations

Archive Report

Federal Government and Civil Rights

Prospects for Additional Legislation in 1985

Notwithstanding recent events in Little Rock, Ark., and other difficulties connected with school segregation, President Eisenhower is expected again to ask Congress, when it meets in January, to adopt parts of his civil rights program which were omitted from the Civil Eights Act of 1957. Chief among the provisions desired by the administration which were dropped in the Senate, after approval by the House, will be Section III of the 1957 administration bill. This is the section which would give the Attorney General authority to initiate court injunction proceedings to enforce observance of all civil rights protected by the Constitution and federal laws, not solely the right to vote.

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