Wednesday, July 2

President Obama on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

In 1964, President Johnson put pen to paper and signed the Civil Rights Act into law. Fifty years later, few pieces of legislation have defined our national identity as distinctly, or as powerfully. By outlawing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin, the Civil Rights Act effectively ended segregation in schools, workplaces, and public facilities. It opened the door for the Voting Rights Act, and the Fair Housing Act. And it transformed the concepts of justice, equality, and democracy for generations to come.

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The Civil Rights Act brought us closer to making real the declaration at the heart of our founding – that we are all created equal. But that journey continues. A half a century later, we’re still working to tear down barriers and put opportunity within reach for every American, no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they come from. So as we celebrate this anniversary and the undeniable progress we’ve made over the past 50 years, we also remember those who have fought tirelessly to perfect our union, and recommit ourselves to making America more just, more equal and more free.

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Pending Legislation: S 1681 – Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 (Part 6)

702. TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS TO THE NATIONAL SECURITY ACT OF 1947 RELATING TO THE PAST ELIMINATION OF CERTAIN POSITIONS.

Section 101(a) of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 3021(a)) is amended--
(1) in paragraph (5), by striking the semicolon and inserting `; and';
(2) by striking paragraphs (6) and (7);
(3) by redesignating paragraph (8) as paragraph (6); and
(4) in paragraph (6) (as so redesignated), by striking `the Chairman of the Munitions Board, and the Chairman of the Research and Development Board,'.

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SEC. 703. TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS TO THE INTELLIGENCE AUTHORIZATION ACT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013.

(a) Amendments- Section 506 of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (Public Law 112-277; 126 Stat. 2478) is amended--
(1) by striking `Section 606(5)' and inserting `Paragraph (5) of section 605'; and
(2) by inserting `, as redesignated by section 310(a)(4)(B) of this Act,' before `is amended'.
(b) Effective Date- The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect as if included in the enactment of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (Public Law 112-277).

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and

President of the Senate.

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