U.S. Sens. Cochran, Wicker co-sponsor bill honoring Selma voting rights marchers

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker have cosponsored legislation that would award the Congressional Gold Medal to civil rights marchers who played an important role in spurring Congress to enact the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Cochran and Wicker are original cosponsors of Senate Bill 527 to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the “Foot Soldiers” who participated in Bloody Sunday, Turnaround Tuesday or in the final Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March in March 1965.

“The Congressional Gold Medal would honor those who rose up to demand an end to the injustices that kept many Americans from exercising their legal right to vote. We, as a nation, are better off for the bravery demonstrated 50 years ago to right those wrongs,” Cochran said.