MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama's two U-S senators joined their colleagues Thursday afternoon in voting to renew the Voting Rights Act.
Senator Richard Shelby called the vote a victory for all Americans.
Senator Jeff Sessions says it's a strong statement of support for people who took great risks to secure the right to vote.
Civil rights attorney Fred Gray of Tuskegee says the senators' votes show a new day in Alabama.
Gray had testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of an extension.
Sessions says the state has made significant progress since the passage of the act in 1965.
Alabama is second only to Mississippi in the number of blacks elected to public office, and the voter registration rates for blacks and whites in Alabama are almost equal.