Dirksen bill 73 to 27. ( Senator Goldwater and five fellow Republicans voted no.) For the second time in ten days all 100
senators, including ailing Senator Engle who could [no
longer] speak, answered the roll call.
The House followed suit on July 2nd  after only
token resistance by Howard Smith [Dem., VA [ chairman of
the House Rules Committee]. Among those who voted for
the bill on final passage was [ Representative] Charles L.
Weltner, a young first-termer from Atlanta, Georgia. Speaking to applauding colleagues, he said: "I shall add my voice
to those who seek reasoned and conciliatory adjustment to a
new reality." A few hours later President [ Johnson] signed
the bill saying: "We have come now to a time of testing."
The end of the legislative road was also a beginning.
In his manuscript Joseph L. Rauh, Jr., used the date
"August 15th," but he clearly means Attorney General Robert
F. Kennedy's testimony before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee in mid-October of 1963. See Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report, 18 October 1963, 1814.
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: The Civil Rights Act of 1964:The Passage of the Law That Ended Racial Segregation.
Contributors: Robert D. Loevy - Editor, Hubert H. Humphrey - Author, Joseph L. Rauh Jr. - Author, John G. Stewart - Author.
Publisher: State University of New York Press.
Place of publication: Albany, NY.
Publication year: 1997.
Page number: 75.
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